Upgrading, updating, or refreshing kitchen countertops is a surefire way to enhance your kitchen space while earning a high return on investment. Of course, deciding what material to use for kitchen surfaces isn’t always as simple as choosing a material you’re familiar with, or basing your choice off of “look” alone. The team at Euro Design is well-versed in the many countertop options available on the market today; from the traditional workhorses to the more luxurious, we’ll help you discover what material is right for your home, your lifestyle, and your future.
Like the ribbons of a folded cake mix, marble countertops seep luxury, from look to feel. This natural stone may be a familiar material in high-end kitchens, but it’s not often used throughout an entire kitchen. Yes, homeowners may love the look of a marbled countertop, but keeping this material limited to baking stations or low traffic areas is key. As marble is easily stained and scratched, even with the right sealers, this gorgeous stone is considered “temperamental”. However, the risk is worth the reward. Quality marble material that’s properly sealed and taken care of has a high return on investment for homeowners, immediately adding real estate value to the home.
Quite possibly the most common material used extensively in kitchens is granite, and there’s definitely a reason why. Not only does granite material automatically create a more luxurious space, but it can often be sourced in a reasonable way to work within most remodeling budgets. Whether the kitchen in question is modest or practically a second living room, granite countertops are a sturdy, expensive-looking material that can be a cost-effective choice.
Natural Look with Quartzite
Quartzite is a natural stone that—even more so than granite—is highly heat resistant and hard. Although in most cases quartzite has a higher price point than the granite workhorse, it defends its pricetag by being a long-lasting, heavy-duty material that emanates beauty with its natural stone finish. If a homeowner is looking for a minimal, natural, and streamlined look for countertops, quartzite is a fantastic choice.
Engineered stone is not a new feature in high-end kitchens. Unlike a traditional or natural stone, engineered stones are made up of various stone particles, minerals, and sometimes glass that has been bound together with pressure and resins. Engineered stone—such as the ever-popular Caesarstone brand quartz—was created as an alternative to natural stones that had visual character but lacked in overall durability. Quartz, for example, is known to be far more durable, adaptable, and high-performing than marble and granite. As a surface, it resists common stains and scratches and can be made to mimic the look of other natural stones. The greatest part? Unlike its natural stone counterparts, man-made quartz doesn’t require annual sealing.
Let Euro Design Build Help You Decide?
Still not sure what countertop material is right for you? When envisioning a kitchen remodel, cabinetry and countertops will inevitably be the focal points of your kitchen. Choosing a countertop material that is both aesthetically pleasing and right for your lifestyle can be a daunting task. Thankfully, our experience gives us the opportunity to help you make a decision you can be happy with for years to come. Rather than choose a material based on look alone, come experience these stones first hand in our brand new showroom. Feel, visualize, and test out natural and man-made materials before you settle on what will be within your own home. Call us today to schedule an appointment!