Before you list your home, it is always a good idea to consider simple upgrades that will make your home more desirable and give you a great return on your investment.
If you are thinking about a kitchen refresh, countertops are a great way to transform the space. Wondering what to install in your home? The answer used to be a resounding "GRANITE!!!" But this overwhelming trend is quickly showing its age.
Fortunately, there are other choices taking center stage that offer both beauty and durability.
Consider one of these options.
Arguably, the most durable countertop option that requires no maintenance is quartz. This engineered material is non-porous, requires no sealing, and is less prone to chipping and cracking.
With its increasing popularity, it is now available in a wide array of colors. Manufacturers have created a variety of patterns to mimic natural stone ranging from flecks or swirls, to random patterning.
Once offered only in a polished finish, quartz now comes honed, sandblasted, or with an embossed treatment.
So many people have fallen in love with marble countertops in the kitchen. There is no disputing their beauty. The natural veining and play of whites and soft greys, creates a light, airy, and relaxed base for any kitchen.
The problem? Marble is high maintenance. It is porous so in an effort to reduce staining from commonly used kitchen items such as wine, juice, and oil, marble needs to be sealed often. Marble is also softer than many stones, such as granite, so chips and scratches are much more frequent.
If you are after the marble look but want to avoid the paranoia of your child spilling juice, consider quartzite.
Quartzite is a naturally occurring rock that is harder than granite. This makes for durable counters. Some varieties of quartzite are very similar to marble in their appearance with primarily white and grey tones that carry veining throughout.
Like granite, quartzite should be sealed 1-2 times a year to avoid staining. They have an above-average resistance to scratches and abrasions but they are not "scratch proof."
Granite has been a popular countertop choice thanks to its hard, durable surface. But the rock patterns have been played out so many times in the last several years that they are starting feel dated.
Still have a love for this stone? Don't worry. Granite is making a comeback in a unique way.
Honed granite is becoming increasingly popular in designs today.
The finish eliminates the reflective surface and creates a much softer look. It gives an aged look to the space and creates a more casual appearance. The honed finish balances other reflective finishes such as chrome finish lighting.
Like granite's traditional finish, honed granite does not chip or stain easily and is just as heat resistant. It does require a bit more upkeep and should be sealed periodically throughout the year.
The honed finish is more absorbent so fingerprints and watermarks are more noticeable than they would be on a polished granite. For this reason, they may need to be cleaned more often than the traditional polished granite.
I'd love to hear, which countertop would you choose?
Make life more beautiful!