Your kitchen counters play a major role in not only the functionality of your kitchen but the overall style as well. If you’ve begun looking into options for an upcoming kitchen remodeling project, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices you have on today’s market. This brief guide features key information about five popular types of countertop materials.
Butcher block counters add warmth to kitchens. They look particularly good in rustic or farmhouse-style homes. Butcher block countertops are often made from pine but can be stained to match the vision you have for your space. It bears noting that butcher block typically has to be sealed once or twice a year, depending on usage, and is not ideal for sink areas because water stains are difficult, if not impossible, to remove. It generally costs $40 sq/ft to $100 sq/ft installed.
Concrete counters, both raw and polished, have been growing in popularity over the course of the past several years. These have a somewhat industrial look that is ideal in loft spaces and other modern homes. Most concrete counters are custom-cut, so there may be imperfections. Concrete can start to crack under excessive heat, so make sure you use trivets if you go with this material in your kitchen. It generally costs $60 sq/ft to $120 sq/ft installed.
Granite had a long reign as the king of kitchen counters but has waned in popularity in recent years. This doesn’t mean it’s no longer a good option, though, and it remains a best-seller in many parts of the United States. Every piece of granite is unique, so it’s a good idea to source your own slabs if you have a particular look in mind. Granite must be sealed, usually annually, to prevent stains, but is otherwise quite durable. It generally costs $40 sq/ft to $100 sq/ft installed.
Laminate is an excellent option for homeowners who want affordable, low-maintenance kitchen counters that will still have a nice appearance. Most laminate is designed to look like some form of natural stone or wood, though there are hundreds of options on the market. If you choose laminate counters, you should always use a cutting board to avoid damaging them. It generally costs $10 sq/ft to $40 sq/ft installed.
Quartz is an incredibly durable material that is crafted from a combination of resin, minerals, and color. It is intended to look like natural stone but doesn’t require nearly as much upkeep, which makes it perfect for homeowners who spend a lot of time cooking. Quartz counters are notably durable and rarely stain, but it’s still a good idea to use cutting boards, especially when dealing with foods like tomatoes. It generally costs $40 sq/ft to $100 sq/ft installed.
At least one of these kitchen countertop options generally appeals to most homeowners. If you have questions regarding these or any other counter materials, don’t hesitate to contact Fabrizio Kitchen & Bath or visit our showroom in Peabody, MA. We enjoy helping homeowners choose the perfect countertops for their renovations and we look forward to hearing the ideas you have for your space!