Very often laminate countertops are installed in kitchens as the default choice for new construction homes. There’s a good reason for this decision—it’s inexpensive and simple to install. Unfortunately, laminate countertops just can’t handle long-term wear and tear. In time, most homeowners need a more durable option they can trust that adds personality to their home. If your countertops could use a refresh, consider these popular styles.
As one of the most popular choices on the market, you can’t go wrong with granite. It’s durable, holds up well to heat, and comes in thousands of colors and patterns. While it can get pricey, these countertops have a high resale value and require little maintenance. The home improvement specialists at Canaan Stone Works LLC are experts in granite installation and kitchen remodels. They deliver high-quality work using the best equipment and technology available. They even offer products for sealing your granite annually to keep it protected and at its top performance.
Soapstone has gained momentum as a countertop selection thanks to its silky style that pairs well in a wide range of decor styles. It has a deep, rich dark gray color that takes on an antique patina over time. One convenient feature of soapstone is any damage on the counters can be sanded for restoration. It is somewhat heat resistant and must be treated with mineral oil. Due to its sensitive nature, you should have soapstone installed by a knowledgeable professional—this is not a DIY project. But once you have it set, soapstone will turn heads for years to come.
Quartz (aka Engineered Stone)
For a highly durable, better performing alternative to granite, engineered stone can’t be beat. These slabs are made of 93% quartz crystal combined with other minerals and bound with resins to create an incredibly reliable material. With a non porous surface that resists both scratching and staining, this material was designed to outperform most others. It comes at a higher price tag, but because of its durability, it’s easy to maintain since it requires no sealing. If your kitchen counters will take a beating, quartz is a great choice.
You don’t see ceramic tile used for countertops often, but it can certainly give you a custom look. With a vast selection of tiles, you will have a completely unique kitchen. Custom tile can get expensive, so you have to be careful when making your choices. Ceramic tile is easy to clean and typically not affected by heat, but the grout lines can stain easily. Because tile is easy to install, this is a great project for DIYers. Having a hard time finding the perfect look in ceramic? Porcelain tile offers the same benefits and variety, so your possibilities are endless.
Don’t Forget Backsplash
While you are updating your countertops, you will probably need to update the backsplash, too. Here’s an opportunity for some fun. With the wide variety of materials to choose from, there’s no reason to feel obligated to match your backsplash to the countertops. Unless, of course, that’s what you want to do. Firmbuilt Contracting and Design experts can take you through your needs, help you design the kitchen you are looking for, and install your backsplash to bring your kitchen together.
Kitchen remodels are an exciting time because you have the chance to put a personal touch on such an important part of your home. Should your new kitchen make a visual impact or be an inviting place for people to gather? With seemingly endless possibilities, you can create a beautifully unique design built to stand the test of time.