Countertops: Options and Prices

Without a doubt remodeling different areas of your home and giving them a facelift can be perfectly enhanced with the best, professionally done countertops for that unique central look you have been searching for. The options are also diverse, such as granite and marble including Silestone Quartz. Of importance is that there are countertops for bathroom, countertops for kitchen but also for other uses such as in laundry areas and custom desks.

The idea is ensuring that whatever you have in mind has been built, designed and installed. As you remodel the home and build a wholly new construction, new countertops options will bring a lot of difference at the same time raising the value of the property. No matter what you are looking for, there is always a countertops best material for every taste with countertops prices also diverse, depending on the material.

Paper composite

Countertops made of this material are not well known by many homeowners. They are created with the use of resin and paper fibers blended for a very eco-friendly surface. The material is also quite durable than many would think. At a cost of $85-$125 for a single square foot, you have a material that gives a laminate or solid surface, hardy, capable of withstanding both water and heat quite well and has a very unique receptivity. In contrast with concrete and natural stone, paper composite countertops are way lighter. Nonetheless, remember the material is not as scratchproof as you might expect and can be damaged by chemicals and requires a frequent mineral oil rubdown or sanding to refresh it.

Butcher/Wood Block

This is one of those countertop materials that has a fresh appearance and a classic manifestation and wonderful for cottage, country and traditional-style kitchens. It is liked by a host of homeowners due to its wood dappled tone as well as a natural and warm appearance. It is easily scratched by knives but the shopworn look that results is liked by many and can also be sand scratched for better appearance and texture. Butcher block, as in many wooden countertop materials, contracts and swells, particularly if exposed to moisture, amidst harboring bacteria, which means frequent disinfecting is quite important. Through oiling, scratches are well filled and the surface protected and cost $35-$200 for a single square foot.

Quartz countertops

Silestone Quartz or quartz chips crafted using resin and transformed with the use of an attractive color make engineered stone or engineered quartz to be the kind of compromise you need between the solid surfacing ease of care and the beauty that comes with stone. Quartz surfacing is wonderful when it comes to maintenance and because it is a product that is engineered, it is easily available in diverse patterns and color ranges than any natural stone out there. Even so, it lacks the granite’s natural variegation, a little expensive but very durable making it a countertop material worth investing in, especially because the cost range between $40 and $185 for a square foot.

Granite

The elegance of granite’s mottling as well as a host of patterns and colors naturally found makes every countertop made of this material very unique. When it comes to heat, knife nicks and splashes and all kinds of wear and tear, granite makes a strong case for itself. However, it needs some sealing often to ensure a stain does not affect its nature and since it is a heavy product, sturdy and strong cabinet boxes are needed for weight support. It will cost you anywhere from $35 to a high of $225 for a single square foot.

Marble

Of all the countertops you will find exuding a glamorous feel and look, none matches a marble countertop. Its luminescence is without a contrast and has an idiosyncratic veining to make it a special ultra-traditional selection. Marble has a specific elegance incomparable to most materials and since it is always cool, it withstands heat very well. Any baking and pastry kitchen or station will always find marble the best way to go. Even if sealed marble is susceptible to stains and hence isn’t laid out wholly in a kitchen and usually limited to a single area by most homeowners considering it can chip and scratch. For every square foot installed, it will coast you anything between $40 and $225 and perhaps the costliest of all countertop materials.

Kitchens, Bath and Beyond's Showroom in Mt. Pleasant, SC

No matter the countertop you are looking for there are all kinds of samples to check out in showrooms and can be taken home to see how the material will appear in your kitchen, bathroom or any other space.

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