When you look at your kitchen, one of the first elements you may notice are the countertops. Choosing countertops goes beyond just their appearance. You also need to consider the type of material that makes the most sense for your design-style preferences, kitchen-use, and daily lifestyle.
Each type of countertop has its benefits and can be transformed into a variety of countertop shapes and sizes to accommodate your kitchen design. When it comes to style and functionality, quartz, granite, and marble, all offer their own benefits, including maintenance, durability, appearance, and value.
Take the time to evaluate your daily lifestyle and consider the following:
The answers to these questions will have a major influence on the type of material you choose. Quartz offers superior durability and does not require any special cleaning or sealing. Both granite and marble are porous, which means they will need to be sealed regularly to maintain. Granite can also be prone to fissures, staining, and cracking, so it may not be best suited for a high-traffic, heavily used kitchen. Marble is heat resistant, long-lasting, and it is easy to shape to fit your kitchen.
Natural style- Granite provides great organic color and pattern. Since it is a naturally occurring stone, minerals settle into each slab of granite in a beautiful and unique pattern. This gives you kitchen countertops that are their own natural work of art.
Rich colors– Each material offers a variety of rich colors for you to choose from to match your style. Glass and metal flecks are added to quartz countertops for a beautiful look.
Distinction– Marble offers a distinct look since it is formed through a natural process with distinctive veining that comes from the impurities that are trapped in the limestone, making each piece of marble unique.
The cost of your kitchen countertops will depend on a variety of factors, including:
When it comes to the cost of the countertop materials, the average costs include:
Quartz – This material tends to be the more expensive option per square foot.
Marble – This material is usually only slightly more expensive than genuine granite.
Granite – This material tends to be the least expensive when compared to quartz and marble.
When it comes to choosing your countertops, it comes down to the appearance, durability, and budget requirements you have for your remodeling project. When searching for “kitchen remodeling near me,” be sure to choose Kitchen & Bath Galleria for your next project.
Greg is the owner of Kitchen & Bath and has been providing designing and building services since 1986. With that much experience, he's become an expert in several types of home renovations.