Searching for the perfect countertop can be fun or very confusing. After a while, you may even begin to wonder if all countertops are pretty much the same. Before you settle on a countertop, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each product.
Homeowners dream of finding a home with a beautiful granite countertop. Granite is timeless and unique, extremely scratch and wear resistant, and can withstand the direct heat of a hot pan.
Granite does have its disadvantages, however. In addition to the price tag, granite also requires additional maintenance, such as annual sealing. Also remember that granite can crack if impacted hard enough.
This is another timeless material with universal appeal. Marble can light up your kitchen and give it a luxurious look that can’t be duplicated.
Marble is best used in bathrooms where they are less likely to come into contact with sharp objects or high heat. If you’re a wine or lemonade drinker, you may want to use caution. Even sealed, marble is susceptible to stains from acidic liquids.
Quartz may be the new kid on the block, but it is taking the countertop industry by storm. Primarily made of natural quartz and bonded with resin, quartz offers the beauty of marble and granite while eliminating many of the disadvantages. Quartz is highly durable, resistant to impact, and nonporous, eliminating annual sealing.
While much less expensive than it used to be, quartz is still as expensive as granite. It is also heavier, requiring additional care in installation. Quartz is also not as heat resistant as granite, so keep your pans on a hot pad.
At a quarter of the cost of granite, laminate is a great option for budget remodels. Gone are the days of the peach laminate and hideous black edges. Many manufacturers offer options that mimic the most desirable stone patterns, such as granite and marble.
Laminate is prone to scratches and cuts. You will also want to avoid direct heat from a hot pan or skillet.
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