Countertops are not only an important part of your home decor, but also a large investment. However, if you choose wisely, they are an investment that can pay off because they can increase the value of your home. It’s not a decision you want to rush into. Here are some important considerations for choosing both kitchen and bathroom countertops.
How Much Use Does the Room Get?
The surface you choose for these countertops will depend on how you use the room. The more use a kitchen or bathroom gets, particularly if you have children, the more durable the countertops should be.
If, like most people, you cook or bake regularly in your kitchen, you want a strong surface like engineered stone, granite or stainless steel that will resist heat from pans and trays as well as scratches from knives and other utensils and is easy to maintain.
If you are choosing a countertop for a bathroom that gets lots of everyday use, you also need a durable, easy-to-maintain surface that’s resistant to scratches and stains. You also want a surface that won’t be impacted by moisture and steam.
Natural and engineered stone are a good choice here as well – with a caveat about strong cleaners. Cleaning products that contain acids, bleach or abrasives should not be used on engineered stone and calcite-based stones like marble.
For rooms that don’t get a lot of use, marble may be a good option. It is more difficult to maintain and can be more susceptible to scratches, scorching and stains than granite and engineered stone. However, for a guest bathroom, a decorative kitchen island or a wet bar, it may be a good choice.
Countertop surfaces can vary greatly in price. Laminate, tile and butcher block are less expensive than natural and engineered stone, however, they will not bring the kind of added value to your home that natural granite and other stone surfaces will.
Will the Countertops Be Over Cabinetry?
Many kitchens and bathrooms have cabinets under some of the countertops. If your current bathroom or kitchen countertops are made of something relatively light like tile or laminate, and you want to replace them with stone, you need to be sure that the cabinets can support the extra weight. The experienced bathroom countertop professionals at Premier Surfaces can help you determine if there will be any issues with that.
How Long Will You Be in the Home?
If you plan to be in your home for some time, you’ll likely want to spend more money on countertops since you and your family will be living with them for awhile. However, if you are just sprucing up the house to get it ready for sale, you may choose to go with a less expensive choice. Just remember, however, that prospective buyers are likely seeing lots of homes with stone and granite countertops. The extra expense may help your home sell more quickly and for more money.
At Premier Surfaces, we know that choosing new countertops is a big part of a home remodel. Our experienced, friendly design consultants can help you make the best selection for your needs.
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