With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about making a list and checking it twice.
Maybe this year would be a good time to ask for a gift that the whole family will enjoy for years and years to come.
Wouldn’t some new countertops make the season bright?
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, there are some things you’ll need to know.
The lowdown on choosing countertops
There’s a lot to consider so let’s break it down.
- Purpose. The very first thing you’ll want to think about is what the most common function of your countertops will be. It may seem like a no-brainer but just wait! Do you have children who are tiny tornadoes with sticky hands? Do you entertain frequently? How often do you cook? What’s the most important quality to you? Durability? Stain-resistance? Ease of maintenance?
- Style. After you’ve decided on the main function of your countertops you can think about the fun stuff. What look appeals to you? How do you feel about texture? Are you interested in a color that’s out of the norm? There are a few options that you may not have considered like thickness and what you expect the edges to look like when it’s all done.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match. You may want to use a couple different kinds of countertops in different areas according to function. Maybe you’d want something heat resistant near the oven but butcher block in the area where you do all of your chopping.
- Count the cost. Of course, you can’t forget about your budget. You can’t go too far down the road of choosing your options until you know what you have to work with. Many people only count the cost of materials and forget additional charges for delivery, installation, or any other costs that come up.
What are the options?
There are enough choices that virtually anyone will be able to find something that suits their needs and dreams! Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of these different surfaces:
Pros: Lasts a lifetime, smooth, stays cool, luxurious
Cons: Needs periodic maintenance, pricey, scratches easily
Pros: stylish, versatile, easy to maintain, budget-friendly
Cons: can sometimes have visible seams
Wood and butcher block
Pros: provide a cozy feel
Cons: Requires regular applications of mineral oil or beeswax, not suggested for use near the sink or above dishwasher
Pros: high-end look, smooth, durable, won’t scratch
Cons: acids and oils can stain, has to be resealed periodically
Pros: budget-friendly, heat and water-proof, easy to maintain
Cons: requires the use of grout which can stain and discolor, uneven surface
Pros: strong, long-lasting, stain and heat-resistant, inhibits bacteria, easy to clean
Cons: shows scratches and fingerprints, requires a special cleanser
Pros: stain and heat resistant, inhibits bacteria growth, easy to clean, no sealing necessary, harder than granite
Cons: not as many color options
Pros: eco-friendly, wipes clean easily, warm to the touch, stain, heat, bacteria, and scratch resistant
Cons: fewer color options
There are other unique surfaces that can be used for countertops, too. Consult your contractor to see what options they have available.
The bottom line on countertops
- Figure out what’s most important to you in terms of the function of your new countertops.
- Choose a style that you love and that coordinates with your other kitchen appliances and cupboards.
- Work out what you can afford and talk with a contractor.
Finally, thank Santa for bringing you such a fabulous Christmas gift!