In 2017, Houzz published a survey of more than 2,000 homeowners who had either completed a kitchen remodel in the past 12 months, were currently in the midst of one or who planned to begin one in the next 3 months.
The study revealed that countertop upgrades were the most popular kitchen renovation, named by a whopping 95% of respondents.
Installing new kitchen countertops is a great way to freshen up a stale kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full-scale remodel. But how do you know which types of countertops are best for your kitchen?
Let’s take a look at some of today’s hottest kitchen countertop materials to help you decide.
Strong, durable quartz comes in many styles and colors, and is a great alternative to granite, marble and other stone materials.
It is non-porous, so it doesn’t need resealing.
In addition, quartz resists stains and is less likely to harbor disease-causing pathogens, making it one of the most hygienic options around.
While quartz has come on strong in recent years, granite continues to be a mainstay among countertop surfaces.
It’s beautiful, durable and heat resistant and comes in a range of colors — favorites include browns, beige and cool gray.
Although it does require resealing once a year, granite is actually easy to care for in between sealings. This natural, long-lasting material gives any kitchen an elegant flair as well as a boost to your home value.
One of the more expensive countertop options, marble brings a classic elegance to the upscale kitchen.
It’s an excellent surface for baking and rolling dough, but does require a bit of TLC to protect it from stains and scratches.
Other natural stone materials are showing up in more kitchens today.
Limestone is a great option for almost any kitchen decor. This porous rock is easy to customize and comes in a variety of colors. With regular sealing and cleaning, limestone countertops will retain their beauty and function for years.
Soapstone is a natural material that doesn’t require resealing and actually darkens over time, making your kitchen even more beautiful with age.
It doesn’t absorb stains or discolorations and is easy to care for. Surface stains can be removed with gentle sanding, while scratches can be treated with mineral oil.
Butcher Block Countertops
Wood countertops add a warm, cozy, inviting feel to your kitchen. It’s also a perfect choice for the popular rustic farmhouse look.
The butcher block countertop is ideal for cutting, chopping and dicing food. Favorite materials include dark walnut and bamboo. Wood countertops can be maintained with occasional sanding and mineral oil.
Homeowners looking for sustainable design options are turning to eco-friendly countertops made of recycled composite materials including fly ash, paper or glass.
Well-crafted composite materials do a great job of inhibiting bacteria, and many are resistant to stains, scratches and heat. They are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and give you a safe surface for preparing food.
With a little special maintenance to keep them in good condition, composite countertops can retain their beauty and function for years.
Tile is finding its way from the backsplash to the counter.
Budget-friendly ceramic tile countertops are growing in popularity and let you create a range of creative patterns, with lots of colors to match cabinetry and appliances.
This highly customizable option may crack and does require regular grouting to keep it looking its best.
Stainless Steel Countertops
Homeowners looking for a sleek, sophisticated option for the contemporary kitchen will find a great option in stainless steel.
Durable and easy to clean, this material resists heat and stains and is as practical as it is beautiful, but may be vulnerable to scratching.
Customizable concrete is another great option for bringing a unique personality to the modern kitchen.
Ground, polished or stained, concrete can be embellished with seashells, stones or other materials for a one-of-a-kind look. Regular sealing keeps your concrete countertops looking their best.
What’s the best countertop material for your kitchen countertops?
Contact us at Amos Building Co. We’ll help you select the right countertops to make your dream kitchen a reality.