April 2nd, 2014
When it comes to buying a home there are numerous decisions that come into play in order to help make your home special and fit your personality and needs. Throughout the years, Grand View Builders has built hundreds of homes with a variety of different finishings. Below are some pros and cons to different materials available for kitchen countertops.
Granite is a beautiful countertop choice and has become increasingly popular over the years. Granite countertops are available in a variety of colors and patterns, which suit a range of personal styles. In addition to its beauty, granite also stands up well to heat and does not scratch easily, making it one of the more durable countertop options. Unfortunately, because granite is a heavier and more luxurious option compared to other countertop surface materials, it is also more costly. More money is spent on building sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight of the granite countertops and the actual stone is more expensive since it is a natural material. Additionally, it’s necessary to have granite resealed every two to three years to protect the surface from stains.
Although laminate has not always been considered the most stylish option, laminate countertops are now available in a variety of colors and patterns. Come colors and patterns mimic popular materials such as stone and butcher block, which have made it a more popular choice in many homes. Typically ranging from $10 to $30 per square foot, laminate is an affordable option that requires very little maintenance and is easy to clean.
Tile countertops come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors allowing it to pair nicely with the interior décor style of your home. Much like granite, tiles tend to resist stains and don’t scratch or knick easily. If the tiles on your counter do happen to crack or chip, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to replace those individual tiles, much more economically feasible than having to replace an entire countertop. Tiled countertops make for an uneven surface, which can be an issue depending on the type of cooking, baking and food preparation you do. Also, the grout between tiles is more susceptible to staining and bacterial growth.
Butcher block is fitting for traditionally styled homes and has a classic look that is becoming more and more popular in kitchens. It appeals to many people because of its natural, neutral appearance and the variety of wood tones and patterns it is available in. Unlike the stronger surfaces of tile, granite and laminate, butcher block is easily knicked; however, the dents and scratches tend to blend into the natural wood pattern. Because wood swells and contracts with moisture and heat, butcher block countertops are prone to bacteria build up and will need to be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
Price, maintenance and durability are all factors that should be considered when deciding on the proper countertop surface. Keep this information in mind when house hunting and deciding what countertop surface is best for you and your home. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share what countertops you have in your home!