Whether you’re doing a full-scale renovation of your kitchen or simply want to give your countertops an upgrade, choosing your countertops is not always as straightforward as it seems. But it’s an important decision that can really make a huge impact on the rest of your kitchen.
No matter what your budget, family needs or style preferences, there’s a perfect countertop for your kitchen.
For the On-Trend Countertop: Granite
Granite is one of the most popular types of countertop materials for kitchens, for a number of reasons. But the main reason homeowners choose granite is because of the wide range of styles and colours that are available. Granite comes in several different grades, with hundreds of options for colour, pattern and thickness. While it’s one of the pricier options, it’s long-lasting and definitely worth it, especially if you intend on selling your home in the near future.
For Durability & Variety: Engineered Stone
If you love the look of granite countertops, but want something that’s more versatile and has more options for colours and pattern, engineered stone countertops are the way to go. Most engineered stone is made up of 93% quartz and is often the same general price as granite. However, engineered stone is available in a wider range of colours and its surface resists scratching, staining and often comes with a warranty.
For Something Different: Wood
Wood tops are nothing new in the kitchen world, but they are making a huge comeback. Whether you opt for wood tops on your kitchen island or throughout the whole room, they add a soft, warm, organic feel to the kitchen. They’re easy on dishes, quieter than quartz, and they’re fairly easy to repair if they get dinged up. There are also a wide range of species to fit every budget. Some finishes require oiling up to three times a year, and the wood surface should be kept free of moisture as much as possible.
For the Tighter Budget: Laminate
If you’re on a tighter budget, laminate is a great option. And with advancements in technology over the past few years, laminate countertops can still be a stylish and beautiful option for your kitchen. Laminate offers homeowners even more options for colours, patterns and styles, and you can even choose a laminate that mimics granite or engineered stone so you get the look without the price. Just make sure you evaluate other homes in your neighbourhood in terms of potential resale value and consider whether a more expensive option might get you a bigger return on your investment.
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