With there being so many options for your kitchen counters during your remodeling project, you will want to make the best decision possible for a renovation project. Here are some pros and cons of 4 different materials you can pick from.
Granite can be a popular choice among homeowners due to its beauty. The variety of patterns and colors can only be created by nature, which will make the granite in your home unique since a pattern cannot be duplicated. Granite is practical in the kitchen because the material is very hard, so you do not have to be concerned about always using your cutting board. Granite can be heavy though, and will need cabinetry that can support the additional weight.
Expect to pay between $3,800-$5,400 to have 50 square ft. of granite countertop professionally installed in your home.
A solid surface countertop blends several different materials such as acrylic and polyester. Many homeowners like it because the material is non-porous, so there will not be any sealing or maintenance required to keep the material looking good. Solid surface countertops are a synthetic material, and can be made in any color you desire.
The biggest downside to solid surface countertops is that they will burn easily. However, it can be cheaper than other materials, as it costs between $2,800-$4,000 for a 50 square ft. installation.
Quartz is manufactured by mixing resin, quartz chips, and artificial coloring. The manufactured material allows for a variety of colors to match your remodeled kitchen's décor.
Homeowners love quartz because it has very little maintenance, though it does tend to look fake since there are no pattern or color variations like there are with granite. The price is also very comparable to granite as well.
Homeowners considered marble a traditional choice because of it having an elegant appearance. The surface is naturally cool which makes marble great for baking, and you won't need to worry about burning the surface with a hot pan or pot.
A big issue with marble is that it can become stained and scratched very easily. The price range falls between granite and solid surface counter tops, costing between $3,200-$4,500 to have installed.
Now that you are aware of the differences between these four countertop materials, you can decide on which one will fit best in your new kitchen. Your kitchen remodeling contractor (such as one from Winston Brown Construction) will take care of the labor by installing it for you.