There are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops. This list explains different types of popular countertops so that you can make an educated choice when you remodel your kitchen.
Granite is the countertop material of choice when there are no other things to think about - like money. It defines elegance in a kitchen. As the use of granite becomes more widespread, the price comes down. The beauty of the stone adds to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen. Color options for granite range from super neutral (grays, whites, tans and golds) to super bold reds and blues. Prices range as well. "Expect granite countertop prices to range between $45 and $200 per square foot, including installation," said HGTV.
Deals can be had (make sure to check with your local stores). Lower-cost granites will typically include colors and patterns that may not be the most desirable or that are overstocks; be careful when pricing seems too good to be true that you are not getting an inferior product or a depth of granite that is insufficient. Trends in granite today are moving away from the typical polished stone look and toward alternative looks. "Specialty finishes like flamed, brushed, leathered and honed are giving even the most common granites a new life," said Houzz.
Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean. Add to that inexpensive and it's a great choice for countertops for the average home. Because it's installed a section at a time, it can be done by most homeowners themselves.
If you have countertops in unusual shapes, concrete may be a good choice, as they're often cast right in your kitchen. They are more expensive and may be beyond most people's budget. But, its clean lines and modern aesthetic, concrete has gained in popularity inside the home, on floors and on kitchen countertops. Concrete counters can be stained stamped, or left stark depending on taste.
For something a little different, recycled glass countertops are becoming more popular. Recycled glass countertops are a unique surface option that offers a new angle on both style and material use. If the more "conventional" countertop materials like granite, solid surface or laminate don't appeal to you and you're looking for something with a unique look, it's worth it to take a closer look at recycled glass.
Quartz is the hottest material in countertops right now, gaining on granite thanks to the incredible array of colors and patterns and durability that surpasses granite. One of the hardest surfaces on earth, quartz makes an ideal material for kitchen countertops. Its non-porous surface and unique blend of beauty and easy care makes quartz an exceptional match for any lifestyle. While granite isn't going away and still has many fans, quartz countertops will be the closest thing to no maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today. Because quartz has a man made component, it comes in a dizzying array of options. Trends today include sleek white and gray counters and those with large gems and those that mimic the look of granite, like this radiant quartz.
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