Designing a new kitchen is an exciting prospect, whether you're starting from the ground up or looking to remodel your existing kitchen space. The kitchen is truly the heart of a home, and the place where families gather to prepare food, talk about their day and make plans for the days to come.
This is an area of your home where you will spend a great deal of time, and choosing the right countertop material will help ensure that the space is in line with the home's overall feel and your family's preferences. The following information is a brief overview of the most common types of kitchen counter materials.
Granite is a timeless choice for kitchen countertops. It is a natural igneous rock made up of many different types of crystals. These crystals never fully develop, but instead interlock with one another, giving granite both its durability and beauty.
No two pieces of granite look alike, and it is possible to find granite slabs in shades of black, gray, pink, white, orange and brown.
The granite fabricator we use pre-seals the granite and has a 15-year warranty, so there's no need to worry about re-sealing it every year. Granite is among the most durable of counter surface types and is virtually impossible to scratch or damage. Prices for granite countertops can vary pretty widely between $45 to $250 per square foot.
Quartz is made by combining crushed natural quartz with a type of resin. The end result is just as durable as granite, but it is easier to engineer a wider range of color choices.
Quartz is non-porous, so it never needs to be sealed. Just like granite, installing a quartz countertop requires the services of a professional. It should be noted that quartz is not a good option in kitchens where the countertops will receive a lot of direct sunlight, as the material will discolor when exposed to direct sunlight.
Quartz is also among the more expensive options, typically coming in between $70 and $90 per square foot, similar to a mid- to high-end granite.
Concrete is gaining a great deal of popularity as a counter surface material choice, and for good reason. Concrete is a flexible option and gives the contractor a wide range of choices in how to finish the surface.
The counters are made of a blend of cement and lightweight aggregates, with a combination of additives included, depending on the project at hand. A layer of reinforcement is laid, upon which the wet concrete mixture is poured. After a curing period, the countertop surface is finished by grinding or other surfacing and is then sealed to prevent water intrusion.
Concrete offers the ability to completely customize counters, and homeowners can select the color, edge finish and many other details. The price for concrete counterops is comparable to that of a granite or quartz countertop, and can actually get more expensive depending on the design/finish.
Butcher block countertops add a warmth and depth to kitchen counters that natural stone and concrete just cannot match. They are created by fusing together pieces of wood, either side-by-side or at the cut ends.
A number of different wood types can be used to create butcher block counters, including oak, walnut, maple or even bamboo. Some homeowners choose countertops made from reclaimed wood, in an effort to create a more green kitchen. Butcher block is an affordable option, but will require periodic sanding and oiling to protect the finish.
No matter which type of countertop you select, the team at Owens Construction is here to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Feel free to contact us with any questions, or to receive a quote on your countertop or kitchen design project.