Guide to Choosing Countertops: Pros and Cons
Choosing countertops can be a daunting task when you consider how many surface options are available. We're here to help you make an informed decision. Read on to find the pros and cons for five of the most popular countertop materials.
Pros: Granite is the top choice of many homeowners. It adds to your home's value while providing a highly durable surface. If properly sealed, it's resistant to scratching, chipping, cracking, staining, heat, and water. We offer a Dry Treat system that comes with a 25 year warranty and no sealing is required!
Cons: Granite is costly, requires sturdy cabinet boxes, and must be resealed (usually once a year if you don't get it Dry Treated).
2. QUARTZ (Engineered Stone)
Pros: Quartz ranks close in popularity to granite. Quartz has the beauty of stone, and can be mixed with pigments for custom colors and patterns. Quartz is acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant, and it doesn't need to be sealed like natural stone.
Cons: Quartz is pricey, isn't heat proof, and doesn't have the natural variegation of granite, so it may be evident that it's an engineered product.
Pros: Concrete countertops are an eco-friendly choice for kitchen design, durable, and highly customizable. Concrete can be cast in any shape, tinted any shade, and embedded with materials for texture and a unique look. It can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash.
Cons: Concrete countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them from staining. With time and settling, small cracks can develop. The custom creation aligns its cost with granite and quartz.
4. SOLID SURFACE
Pros: Solid surfacing is nonporous, durable, and virtually maintenance free; no sealing or special cleaning required. Many color and pattern options. Although it's susceptible to scratches and burns, those can be easily buffed out.
Cons: Solid surfacing can be damaged by heat, and is easy to scratch, dent, and stain. It can have an artificial look and feel. Cost is as much as the lower price points of granite and as high as quartz.
Pros: Laminate is by far the most budget friendly countertop option. Widely popular and available in many colors and patterns. Laminate is heat and scratch resistant and easy to clean. It's lightweight so it doesn't require the support of a thick cabinet base.
Cons: Because of laminate's particle board core, with wear and moisture exposure, the layers can peel, it's difficult to repair if damaged, and you can't use it with undermount sinks.
We'd love to know what your favorite countertop material is! Please let us know in the comments!
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