The more you know about each material, the easier it will be to make the final decision for your kitchen remodel. Here is some basic information about some of the more popular countertop materials:
Don’t turn your nose up at laminate countertops quite yet. This material has significantly grown in quality since the days of peeling corners. If you want a wide selection of colors and design choices, laminate gives you the freedom to choose a look that will fit the overall design of your kitchen. These countertops are lightweight and easy to clean. Laminate is also one of the most affordable materials, coming in at around $1,500 including installation.
The downside of laminate countertops is that they are not as durable as the more high-end materials. They will more easily stain, burn, scratch, or chip, so it’s important to use a cutting board and to clean up spills as quickly as possible. When there is too much moisture, the area can eventually peel.
Another material that gives you plenty of color and pattern options, tile makes it easy to create a custom look that is like no other. Popular Mediterranean or Spanish themes give homeowners an opportunity to create a bold, colorful look, you can choose a single color, or create a pattern on your own — the possibilities are endless. Tile is durable, stain-resistant, and it’s easy to replace a single tile if it were to chip or crack (just be sure to save a few tiles from the initial installation).
The negative side of tile isn’t the material itself, but actually the grout that is used to install it. When not cleaned and maintained properly, there’s a risk of staining and bacteria growing. The grout should also be regularly sealed to help prevent this from happening. Tile countertops can cost around $1,900 including labor, but this can vary depending on the type of tile and how difficult it is to create the desired pattern.
This material can give you the look of natural stone, but it’s actually engineered using a combination of resin and quartz. These countertops are around 94 percent quartz and 6 percent polyester resin which act to bind it, provide color, and protect the surface from stains and scratches. Quartz countertops are non-porous, so unlike granite, you don’t have to worry about sealing it. This material is also easy to clean, antimicrobial, and is a great choice if you want a wide variety of colors to choose from, including blue, red, or green.
The downside of quartz is that it’s not heat resistant, so be mindful of where you are placing hot pots and pans. On the more expensive side, quartz countertops can cost around $2,000 with installation for a medium grade quartz.
A classic, high-end choice, many homeowners in the Huntsville area look for granite countertops, and for good reason. The material is easy to clean and maintain, is heat resistant, is available in a variety of colors, won’t chip or stain, and will give your kitchen a beautiful look regardless of what cabinets or appliances are installed.
This natural material does make it one of the heavier countertops and an incredibly important step to maintaining granite is regularly sealing it. Sealing granite countertops should be done once a year to ensure the material remains stain resistant. With all of these benefits, comes a higher price — expect to spend around $4,000 with installation.
Although any kitchen remodel couldn’t go wrong with the style and beauty that comes with marble countertops, it is one of the more expensive options and it has several downsides. There is a greater risk of chips and staining with marble and there is a significant cost. Marble countertops can cost up to $4,600 with installation.