Countertops can set the tone for the entire house. If you’re considering replacing your countertop, give careful consideration to the impact the selection will have on the overall resale value of the home. There are many options available today.
Laminate: First invented in 1912, laminate countertops gained general approval after World War II. Homeowners embraced the opportunity to have heat-resistant, wipe-clean kitchen tops in every color of the rainbow. Laminate is a wonderful cost-effective alternative.
Granite: Each slab of granite is unique. Color variations in the stone’s pattern compliment a wide palette of paint and accessory color options. Granite is porous; stains, especially acidic ones, should be cleaned promptly and a yearly sealing is recommended.
Stainless Steel: Used in a modern industrial-style home or a country farmhouse, stainless steel inhibits bacterial buildup, making it the most hygienic countertop available. Resistant to up to 800 degrees; stainless steel can take the heat.
Wood: Available in a wide variety of colors, grains, thicknesses and finishes; the natural, warm-beauty of wood is an attractive option. Wood is highly resistant to heat, durable and relatively easy to repair.
Slate: Stunning, rich and natural, slate is highly-resistant to heat, chips and scratches. Slate is anti-bacterial, chemical-free, stain-resistant, noncombustible, strong and durable.
Soapstone: Available in a range of gray tones from light to dark, soapstone is heat-resistant. While soapstone can scratch, the imperfections fade away or can be sanded out. Unlike other natural stones, it doesn’t require yearly sealing.
Quartz: Thanks to its non-porous surface, quartz countertops are practically maintenance-free. Resistant to stains, scratches, heat and impact, quartz countertops don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops.
Marble: The gray-toned veining in marble has timeless appeal and gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look. However, marble is porous so regular sealing is recommended and special care must be taken with acidic spills.