CHOOSING THE BEST COUNTERTOPS FOR YOUR HOME
Choosing a kitchen countertop is no small task. Countertops make a big impact in any space. Bathroom counters and kitchen counters set the stage for the rest of the room.
A beautiful countertop can upgrade the style and elegance of the room, but an old, worn, or outdated countertop and drag down the entire space.
Granite and other solid surface are the most popular choices for counters, but there are several options to create the kitchen design you’ve dreamed of.
Quartz, stainless steel, butcher block, concrete, marble, laminate, slate, limestone, soapstone, wood, tile and onyx, just to name a few. Choosing a counter top material is about finding the best fit in terms of style, price, durability, maintenance.
- Style: If you’re looking for a solid color, laminate, concrete, or quartz is often a good choice. Marble, limestone, and granite give a natural, earthy style, while butcher block and tile are better for farmhouse or retro designs. Granite and laminate are the most versatile materials in terms of style because they come in virtually every color imaginable.
- Price: The price of your countertops should align with the price of your Lousville area home. If you live in a $200,000 home, marble countertops are a little over the top. But if you’ve still got laminate from 1996, upgrading is a no-brainer. You don’t want to update out of proportion by creating an over-the-top kitchen design that doesn’t match the rest of the house. On the other hand, if you need to update, but don’t have an extensive budget, look for a cheaper material that looks more high-end than it is. You can find a laminate material in beautiful patterns that look like natural stone at a much cheaper price.
- Durability: Granite is by far the most popular choice for kitchen counters. Most buyers like the elegant, earthy look of natural stone, and granite is easy to maintain, cost effective, and durable. When polished, granite can look like glass but it is one of the strongest and most durable materials on the market, second only to diamonds in terms of hardness which makes it virtually indestructible and heat resistant.
- Maintenance: Marble, limestone, and soapstone are gaining popularity for homeowners who are looking for something more upscale, but they can be more difficult to maintain. Stainless steel and solid-surface counters are not porous, so they are less prone to stains and cracks. Quartz countertops are very easy to maintain and can last for decades.
Increase Your Home’s Value With New Countertops
Professionally installed countertops can add at least 25-40 percent of its retail value to a home. Other additions such as floors or cabinets can also increase retail value, but not to the same extent as a beautiful new countertop.
They can make a huge difference in the look, style, and feel of your home. If you are financing a home renovation in the Louisville, KY area, you can often be approved for more if countertops are part of the costs because lenders know what value they add to your home.
Before making any decisions, give us a call and we can visit your home, discuss your needs, and design a kitchen you can be proud of.
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