There are many factors you must consider when selecting the right countertops for your kitchen. You might think that looks on their own make for a great decision. We offer the following considerations: cost, the durability of the countertops and general maintenance. How you will have to take care of your countertops and the types of things you must be aware of definitely play a role in your decision-making process.
The reality is you must consider the age of your family, how you live and the things everyone eats. Sounds crazy? Well, let's talk about it. We have kids & we eat our fair share of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If we have a habit of making sandwiches right on the countertops, it would NOT be a good idea to have white granite, as you would risk peanut oil and jelly to stain the countertops. It would be better to select a surface that doesn't absorb oils and stain.
Food for thought!!!
All the craze is granite countertops. Depending on your criteria, you can invest in cost-effective granite or be subject to very expensive materials. It comes in many different shades and comes in either a polished finish, which will darken the stone appearance, or, a matte finish. Matte is not as popular but still is a good option depending on what you want to accomplish with your kitchen remodel.
Sometimes people like to choose other stone materials that might include soapstone, limestone or marble. The thing you want to remember is that some of these softer stones require delicate use and care. So, if you have a young family and run the risk of frequent spillage or dropping things, you might want to consider a harder granite stone product. The big thing with stone product countertops is that they must be maintained with a sealer on a periodic basis.
We hear much talk about solid-surface countertops. There are many options here as well: colors, tones, styles. They are better at resisting stains or scratches by pots and pans but you must be aware that any hot pans or pots can cause serious damage to this type of countertop.
Personally, we love concrete countertops. They are really becoming more popular with families throughout the Clifton Park and surrounding areas in Saratoga County. Concrete countertops come in a number of different finishes/textures: pressed (a special tool is utilized to attain a marble-like veining effect); ground (product is sanded to expose the sand aggregate giving it a rough finish); and trowel, or smooth. Please be aware that temperature changes could cause the surface to curl or warp. If you are one to leave a sponge on the countertop, it could cause the concrete to discolor or even etch the surface if there are any acid spills that happen. Maintenance is the biggest thing with concrete. You will want to plan a maintenance schedule quarterly to seal and wax the countertops with a special paste.
Another popular countertop option is laminate. It is definitely the most affordable and comes with an endless variety of design and color choices. Scratch resistance laminate surface technology has been improving a lot of the past decade which is making laminate practically impervious to scratches. You still need to be careful with hot pans or pots as they can warp the surface if left for a prolonged period of time.
If we had our personal choice for our own kitchen, we are loving wood countertops the most. Maybe it is our love of the Adirondacks and the the Great Camps that are adorned with wood finishes throughout. Wood countertops provide the warmest, softest feeling in the kitchen when they are installed. Without a doubt, wood is the easiest to keep clean as you can sand out any scratches. But, as we all know, wood can warp if subject to any water so it is advisable that you schedule a quarterly treatment plan to seal the wood countertops.
Something that we don't hear talked about enough are the types of edges on the countertops. This is an important consideration, especially if you have younger children that are roughly the same height as the countertops. We have experienced this in the past with our own children. We had sharp edges and our son wound up really hurting himself. So, we can recommend considering what type of edge you need based on who is living in your home. If you have children under the age of 10, go with rounded edges.
Do we have your brain spinning yet? Yes, there are many options and choices with kitchen countertop selection. Depending on your specific family makeup, the age of your family and your kitchen habits, your countertops must be chosen with all these factors in mind.
So, if you are in the Clifton Park area, or even surrounding areas like Rexford, Halfmoon, Malta, Ballston Spa, Ballston Lake, Round Lake or Mechanicville, gives us a call and let us help you choose the right kitchen countertops AND assist you on a great kitchen remodeling project. We would be honored to help you in any capacity and help you bring your kitchen remodel dreams come true!!!
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