Does your kitchen or bathroom look a little tired or outdated, but is not quite ready for a full-scale remodel? Maybe a little cosmetic enhancement is all that you need. New countertops are often the easiest way to really make a difference in a space — but what type to choose? Today’s main options are granite, marble, or quartz, with wood and recycled glass also gaining in popularity.
In addition to an almost limitless selection of colors, granite is readily available, durable, and one of the more economical options out there. This is why it is still today’s most popular countertop material choice. While granite does need to be occasionally sealed by a professional, it offers a long-lasting solution at a reasona-ble price.
If you have watched HGTV or visited interior design sites such as Houzz, you have noticed a dramatic uptick in the use of another once-popular natural surface: marble. While its porous nature and softer texture than granite have given it a poor reputation as a counter surface, the fact that it has been one of the top countertop choices for hundreds of years can’t be overlooked.
Engineered quartz products have been gaining in popularity thanks to their nonpo-rous nature and expanding color palates. Once only available in a very uniform look, quartz products were mostly relegated to more contemporary designs. Ad-vances in technology have now greatly expanded the look and feel of quartz with different textures and patterns more closely resembling those of natural stone. While not indestructible, quartz tops are mostly stain-proof and do not have to be sealed like their natural stone counterparts. This makes quartz an excellent choice for those looking for less maintenance.
Relatively new on the scene are ultracompact quartz surfaces, such as Dekton by Cosentino, makers of the long popular Silestone brand of engineered tops. Dekton is a new material composed of glass, porcelain and quartz with a variety indoor and outdoor surface applications. While it is priced on the higher end of quartz, ultracompact quartz combines the advantages of engineered quartz and natural stone. It provides a surface that is extremely scratch-resistant, virtually non-porous therefore incredibly difficult to stain, and far more resistance to heat and UV rays than granite or engineered quartz.
Wood and Recycled Glass
Last, but certainly not least, are wood and recycled glass.
Wood has been the preferred countertop surface of professional chefs for genera-tions. Being a truly working surface, you can prepare food on it and cut on it (something you shouldn’t do with granite or quartz) without worrying about dam-aging your utensils or spreading bacteria.
Recycled glass tops like Vetrazzo are very durable and offer a unique way to add a color to your space. Made of recycled bottles, jars and other post-industrial glass sources, Vetrazzo allows you to add a touch of art to your kitchen or bathroom.
When all is said and done, your individual lifestyle and design preferences play the most important role in determining the best material for your countertops. Drop by and let us help you find the perfect surface for your space.