You’re going to be using your countertops every day. A remodeling services company will make sure you’re happy with the counters you choose and that they’re functional for your kitchen. As you’re shopping around though, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Things to Consider Before Choosing a Countertop
Your countertops should be water resistant and easy to clean. If you’re going to be doing a lot of food-prep on the counters, it’s good to have something that won’t absorb smells or juices. There are a few design aspects to consider too – do you want your countertops to stand out or fade into the background? What you decide might affect the look of your kitchen for years to come, so it’s important to keep that in mind.
4 Popular Kitchen Countertop Options
Looking for a luxurious feel in your kitchen? Granite and other natural stone options are the way to go. Though more expensive than other kitchen countertop options, granite will stand the test of time and then some. It is incredibly heat resistant and can withstand hot pots and pans (though this may weaken your countertop’s sealant over time – make sure to call a tile maintenance professional to stay on top of your regular countertop sealing).
Perhaps the only weakness granite has is its porousness. Granite is slightly porous and can absorb stains if not sealed properly. Also, acidic liquids like wine can eat through the sealant and stain your countertops; make sure to wipe up spills quickly and wipe down your counters as regular maintenance.
Once used only in commercial kitchens, stainless steel is fast becoming a popular kitchen countertop option in modern homes. In addition to its sleek, stylish appeal, it’s a solidly efficient and easy-to-clean choice if you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking and prep work on your new counters. Its non-porous surface makes it practically impervious to stains – even from wine, beets or grape juices.
But keep in mind, stainless steel does have a tendency to scratch, though some homeowners end up loving the soft patina effect that results from years of wear and tear. Also, be careful not to slam heavy pots and pans on the surface, as it can dent the surface.
Laminate countertops are a great, cost-efficient option and can mimic the look of more expensive options like marble, granite, or wood. In addition, they’re water resistant when properly installed and won’t become easily scratched or damaged.
These countertops are not heat-resistant and can burn or melt, so do not place hot pans directly on top of them.
Like laminate, solid surface countertops are a great way to get the look of more luxurious materials without the higher price tag. Solid surface countertops are made of acrylic and resin and they’re stain-resistant.
The downside? They’re not heat resistant and can become water damaged over a longer period of time.That being said, they are still considered incredibly sturdy countertops for their price.
Found a countertop you love? Call Handyman Connection to handle the installation
Once you’ve decided on your dream kitchen countertops, call Handyman Connection to handle their installation. We offer expert remodeling services from qualified craftsmen that will provide the high-quality work your home deserves.