Designing your countertops is one of the most important steps of your kitchen remodel project. Your countertops serve an important functional purpose in your kitchen, but they're also one of the most noticeable features. Take the time to select a material that suits your personal style and is also durable enough to last for decades. There are many different countertop materials to choose from, so in this guide we'll explore your many options.
Before designing your countertops, there are a few important questions you must ask yourself:
What kind of use do your countertops get?
How you will be using your countertops will heavily determine which material is best for your project. Whether you're a chef who cooks every night of the week, or have children that could potentially spill on and scratch the surfaces, it's important to find a material that matches your needs. Consider factors such as ease of maintenance, durability, damage and stain resistance, and more.
What is your personal style?
Besides the pure functionality of countertops, they also contribute greatly to the overall look of your kitchen. Select a material that matches your desired style. For example, if you want to create a farmhouse style kitchen, including a wood butcher block can help enhance the look. If minimalist and modern is more your style, unique materials such as concrete and stainless steel might work best.
What is your budget?
Unfortunately, this might be the most influential factor in your decision making process. Countertop materials can vary greatly in price, and it's important to consider not only material costs, but also installation and delivery fees.
Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials, due to it's elegant appearance and durable performance. It's available in many different colors, meaning it can fit in to any kitchen style and color scheme. Each slab of granite is completely unique. Granite countertops are typically installed for $80 to $200 per square foot.
Marble countertops are a luxurious option that create a sophisticated atmosphere in any kitchen. However, these are not a great choice if your countertops are at risk of being scratched, as marble is a very soft material. However, many choose to install marble countertops in low-traffic areas of the kitchen to benefit from their appearance without the risk of damage. Marble countertops are typically installed for $80 to $170 per square foot.
Laminate countertops are cost-effective and can imitate the appearance of more expensive materials. Laminate can be ordered in patterns such as marble, granite, stone and more. It is an extremely damage-resistant material, but is heat sensitive. Marble countertops are typically installed for $40 to $90 per square foot.
Concrete has grown in popularity in recent years, due to its frequent incorporation in modern style home design. Concrete countertops can be extremely customized, from thickness to color to texture. It can be cast in a variety of shapes to create unique looks in any kitchen. It's also a very strong and durable materials. Concrete countertops are typically installed for $100 to $200 per square foot.
This is only a selection of the countertop materials available. To learn more about your options, speak to one of our licensed experts. Give us a call at 888.392.4236 or start designing your project here.