So, you’ve decided to do it, you’re finally going to remodel the kitchen you’ve been staring at for years and wanting to change. You know what you want: new appliances, cabinets, floors, maybe a backsplash. But how do you upgrade your countertops? What goes into picking the right material and how do you make sure you get your money’s worth during your remodel process?
When shopping for a new countertop, you may be tempted to decide on the first pretty thing you see.
It’s tempting. Countertops can be sleek and stylish; they can instantly exude luxury to your guests. But that doesn’t mean all countertops that look aesthetically pleasing are created equally. Your countertops have to be functional. They need to withstand use and be capable of handling some unexpected mishaps.
We’ve got some ways that you can go about doing your research and shopping for new countertops during your remodel process.
Before anything else, measure your area and know what your size limits are. Different countertop styles and materials will cut and fit differently. You need to know what you’re working with and the pro’s you hire also need to know what their physical constraints will be. You need to also make sure the countertop you choose will fit in with your existing infrastructure in the kitchen that’s not changing.
The first thing you’re likely going to spring for is granite. It comes in virtually any shade and color style, it’s sturdy, it’s beautiful. But it also requires maintenance in the form of sealing. There are other options like marble, porcelain and quartz which may or may not require sealing, depending on your choice. Each material with their own pros and cons. It all depends on what you’re looking for out of your material.
Designing the shape of your countertop is the other half of the battle. There’s plenty of trend edge styles out there: radius, bevel, bullnose. The availability you’ll have on your edge cuts and the overall shape is going to depend both on your space and on the material you ultimately choose for your countertop.
Can I Mix Materials?
Yes! Many people have started mixing the materials they use in their kitchens. One material might make more sense for your island but not for the counter by your sink. The key is getting a designer willing to work with multiple materials and who knows the best way to keep design uniform.
What Is the Easiest to Maintain?
All countertops require some work, but some will be less of a headache for you than others. Granite is easy but needs sealing while quartz does not need to be sealed but may chip or crack. Marble needs frequent sealing and is a bit vulnerable to scratches but is quite pleasing to the eye.
Know your options and do your research. There’s a lot that goes into remodeling your kitchen and making your countertops all you want them to be!
At Best Granite and Marble, we will help make the process of choosing countertops and colors fun and engaging. Our vast selection of kitchen countertops ensures that you will find the perfect countertop solution. We specialize in granite, marble, quartz and porcelain and will help you with your remodeling project every step of the way. Call us today for a Free Design Consult and Estimate!