There are several options available when you are choosing the material for your kitchen countertops in the kitchen of your new home. You can find the right one depending on your style, needs and budget. HGTV gives their pros and cons for several choices!
Quartz tops are practically maintenance free since they are engineered stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, because they have a non-porous surface, don't need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. They are available in a wide range of colors and patterns.
"Still the top choice of most homeowners, traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen's value while providing a durable prep surface." Granite is a natural material, which allows for variation in the stone's pattern. The cost of granite and quartz are comparable "but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks — wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow a regular sealing routine — typically once a year."
For the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops is the best option. They now come in new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz so they are still popular.
Butcher-block-style wood countertops will give the kitchen in your new home a cozy, cottage feel. "Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat." Wood is highly heat-resistant so you don't have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. It is budget friendly, so you can even think about mixing wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.
Marble is both aesthetically pleasing and helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. "With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so staining can be a problem."
Metal will coordinate with any color and is one of the easiest countertop materials to clean — just wipe off stains with a cloth and mild soap. And because it inhibits bacterial buildup, it the most hygienic countertop available.
You have a unique style and preference. By customizing your new house with features that accommodate your needs and budget, you can have your dream home! And at Pointe Homes, we will listen to everything that is important to you and build you a new home that you can enjoy for years to come.
Read the full HGTV article here.