Tips for Choosing a Countertop Material

With so many choices available for countertops, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and leave you frustrated and unsure. For example, some choices are Marble kitchen countertops, Granite, Silestone and Corian counters.  All three are beautiful, stylish, and functional for kitchens and bathrooms.  Consider the area and the function when deciding on a countertop material. Kitchen countertops tend to get a lot of use and have added concerns about staining, scratching, and heat damage, while bathroom counters not as much.

Marble countertops exude luxury and elegance. The most popular color tends to be white, but different hues are gaining in popularity, like Calacatta gold marble. The timeless beauty of marble is undeniable, but you must carefully take care of the counters.  With proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

Corian is a brand name associated with solid surface countertops. It is not resistant to heat damage and can also be scratched; however, most scratches can be buffed out easily. It is resistant to most stains because it is non-porous, and does not require sealing. Corian prices can vary somewhat, and they are available in many colors. When these counters are professionally installed, it has almost invisible seams and also can have a built-in, seamless sink of the same material.

Silestone is a brand name engineered quartz stone countertop product. It is non-porous, so is resistant to germs and bacteria. It is available in many colors, little to no visible seaming, and does not have to be sealed. A Silestone price is typically compared to granite, but can vary depending on where it is purchased.

Granite countertops are considered to be luxurious and high-end.  It is an extremely hard stone, with unique coloring that can even vary from slab to slab, with no two pieces alike. It comes in a variety of colors from yellows to reds like Crema Bordeaux granite, and just about every color imaginable.  Granite is heat resistant, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant, when properly sealed and maintained.  Granite counter prices can be found from very affordable up to higher end, depending on the color choice, availability, edging style, and other factors.

No matter which material you finally decide on, new countertops will give any area a new look and feel, while also adding value to your home.