By Jacklyn Renz
Everyone loves to daydream about a kitchen remodel. From cabinets to appliances, there are renovations that can make your kitchen more customized for the daily grind of our chopping, cleaning, serving, and eating. A recent survey gave us some interesting insight into the remodeling desires of people just like you: out of 7,812 survey respondents, 94% planned to replace their countertops. So, where do you turn for a fresh countertop? Here are 4 ideas to get you started.
Hardly a Contest
Of all the natural stone materials, granite is one of the most popular. Granite is naturally formed when molten magma flows into areas of stone and slowly cools. Since no two granite samples are alike, they lend themselves a uniqueness unmatched by man-made designs. Varied colors appear due to the unique makeup of each slab. Granite stands up to knives and hot pots, but be careful of chipping. Any dent in the top means a pro out to repair. The upkeep for granite is a little more involved than most, with the need for periodic sealing to maintain its stain resistance.
Make a Statement
Countertops that make a statement are a fantastic choice for standalone pieces such as an island, wet bar, or pull-out slab. Serving not only as practical surfaces, countertops made of marble lend themselves as conversational pieces and add a point of luxury to your kitchen’s look. This choice of countertop may need a little daily TLC, steering clear of acids, knives, and staining foods. With the proper preventative care, marble will last a lifetime while giving your kitchen a boost in elegance!
Easy on the Budget
For many of us, the kitchen is a place of hustle and bustle, meaning that we need the added practicality of an easy to maintain top. Laminate has been so updated in recent years that it can look the part of its expensive counterparts, without the added expense. This particular option stands up to water, scratches, and stains. It’s a great family choice with no preventative maintenance needed. Keep in mind that it’s sensitive to heat, so keep the trivets handy. Laminate countertops come in a variety of colors and styles so they can blend into your current décor without a problem.
From the Chef
To borrow from commercial kitchens, stainless steel is both a practical and beautiful choice. Incorporate this material on all surfaces or choose a high-traffic area. These are hygienic and tough. Stainless steel is heat resistant but is easily scratched. This option will mesh well with existing appliances and backsplashes, making a great choice if you are picking just one element of the kitchen to change.
Since the countertops are well-loved and highly used, choose which you love the most and opt for professional installation to have new countertops that last the life of your home.
Sources: houzz.com, hgtv.com, countertopguides.com