Your choice in countertop material is a very important decision, usually ranked right after cabinets, and many factors come into play when making this selection in your remodeling project.
The visual characteristics and appearance is the main factor for most homeowners when making their countertop selection. Do you have a lighter cabinet? You can either choose to go with a dark countertop to contrast or a lighter, neutral countertop to create a clean, crisp look. For example, it’s very popular to have white cabinets paired with white marble or quartz countertops. With dark cabinets, it is nice to have that pop of contrast that a lighter countertop brings.
Aside from color, countertops usually have a variation with pattern or colors to create movement and interest. Some homeowners prefer a countertop with less movement and more uniformity, while others love heavy and dramatic veining throughout the counters.
All countertop choices (granite, marble, laminate, and solid surfaces) vary in degree of durability and maintenance required.
Granite has been a top choice in kitchens for many years now and for good reason. It is a very hard surface and holds up to daily wear and tear, as well as is heat resistant. It is resistant to stains, but it’s always recommended to have it sealed after installing.
Marble is also a popular choice and is on the top of many Pinterest boards because of its soft color and subtle veining. However, it does have its downfalls… it’s a soft stone so it’s susceptible to scratching as well as stains. It can also be very expensive.
Quartz has taken off and is one of the most sought after countertops. It is more expensive than granite, but has almost unlimited color and pattern choices. It’s a great alternate when you are wanting the marble look, but want a more durable surface. It is heat resistant and scratch resistant, with very similar properties as granite.
Cost is the ultimate factor in any home project and countertop choices can run the gamut in price. Laminates, such as Formica or Wilsonart, are generally the least expensive choices. Granite can be very affordable, especially when selecting a more standard and readily available stone. Many stone yards have those on display and have plenty of stock of the more standard choices. Quartz is more expensive than most granites, but slightly less costly than marble.