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Countertop Materials

Posted on: April 16, 2013

Interested in remodeling your kitchen but aren’t sure about expanding? You don’t necessarily have to tear down walls and install new flooring to update your kitchen. Countertop replacement is a good option for those who want to make a big impact in the kitchen without expanding.

In fact, even if replacing your countertops is the only thing you do, it can make a huge difference. And the best thing about countertop replacement is the number of options you have!

What Are Your Options for Countertop Materials?

Depending on the look you want for your kitchen, as well as your needs and lifestyle, a kitchen designer will be able to help you determine the best countertop material for your remodel. You have a lot of different countertop options:

Marble: Marble is one of the most beautiful stones, but you do have to take care to ensure your countertops stay looking nice—try to use custom coasters for all glasses, and keep in mind that marble can’t sustain heat as well as other materials.

Granite: Granite is a great alternative to marble—it’s more durable and able to imitate the unique veining appearance many people find appealing in marble. Also, granite doesn’t scratch or get damaged easily.

Quartz: An engineered stone, quartz is low-maintenance and available in many different colors. It is resistant to scratching and staining, which makes it great for both kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Concrete: Concrete can be cast into any shape and can even be tinted in any color. Although not as resistant to staining and heat, concrete countertops stand up pretty well to heavy use, making them great for those who use their kitchens often for heavy-duty cooking and entertaining.

Stainless steel: If you want a modern or transitional kitchen, stainless steel countertops can help you achieve that look. Although stainless steel countertops can be dented more easily than other types, they can last a lifetime with proper care—and they are very easy to clean.

Butcher block/wood: Butcher block or wood countertops work well in country and rustic style kitchens, adding warmth and charm that other countertop materials just don’t have. Wood countertops can last a pretty long time, but they may need to be sanded and resealed.

There are more countertop options than just these—such as solid surface, laminate, recycled glass, and more—but these are common ones used in kitchen remodeling projects.

Need a Kitchen Designer in VA, MD, or DC?

If you’re looking for a kitchen design company to help you with the design stage of the remodel, they’ll be able recommend the best countertop material for your project. Jack Rosen serves Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Visit our showroom in Rockville or contact us to learn more about our custom kitchen design services!

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