Understanding Your Countertops

Whether you’re trying to increase the value of your home or you’re just looking to give it a more modern look, remodeling your kitchen will help you achieve your goal.  And although there are many factors to consider in this room (appliances, cabinets etc.), I am going to focus on the countertops.  Even more specifically, granite, quartz and laminate countertops.

Options, options and well more options are the first thing you’ll notice when entering the remodeling world.  So how do you sort through what may seem like an overwhelming amount of choices?  My suggestion is to lay out the pros and cons of what you need to consider (price, maintenance, durability & appearance) and then make your decision based on what suits your lifestyle needs best.  So here goes.

1) Granite

Pro: Granite is 100% natural making whatever slab of stone you have showcased in your new kitchen completely unique from any other.  It comes in a variety of colors and will give your kitchen an artistic touch that only nature can supply.  Granite is also known for it’s durability and exceptional resistance to heat.

Con: On the other hand, It’s not cheap, and if you’re looking for a cleaner, more streamlined look than this is not the countertop for you.  Its’ natural pattern might be a bit too much for your design aesthetic. Also, because natural stone is porous it has the tendency to absorb.  Meaning more maintenance involved (annual re-sealing is suggested).  And, if chipped granite is difficult to repair.

2) Quartz

Pro: Overall quartz is less expensive than granite, and because it is an engineered stone (man-made) its’ durability surpasses that of its’ natural counterpart.  Additionally, due to it being manufactured, your options for different colors and designs are considerably increased (want solid red? You’ve got it.)  And, because it is non-porous, staining is much less of a worry, so sealing is not necessary.

Con: Though it is extremely durable it can still chip and is not easy to repair.  Also, quartz will discolor over time if exposed to direct sunlight.

3) Laminate

Pro: Affordability galore!  On a budget? then this is the countertop for you.  Plus, laminate is almost limitless when it comes to your color and design options.  There is undoubtedly something for everyone when it comes to this material.  And the best for last, laminate is very easy to maintain and clean.

Con: Yes, your wallet is fatter, but there’s reason for this.  Laminate is easily damaged and heat resistance is minimal.  Meaning, if a hot pan is left on it long enough it can melt.  Additionally, if too much water is absorbed laminate can peel.

So now you know the good and the bad of three of the most common countertops.  When choosing, always consider your needs, lifestyle and budget and understand that when you have the facts, lots of choices can be a great thing.  Ready to take the next step?  Contact Fort Collins’ premier interior design firm to aid you in your kitchen remodel today.