Selecting the countertop material for your kitchen and/or bathroom is a huge decision to make as you will have to live with the decision for a long time, and it has a direct impact on the overall value of the home. In order to make the decision, it helps to know a little more about some of the options on the market.
1. Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are popular for their durability and ability to last for a long time. A homeowner who installs granite countertops may never have to worry about installing new countertops again. This type of countertop, however, can be expensive and does require some maintenance if you want to keep it looking great. Your cabinets need to be strong and sturdy to support the weight of granite countertops.
2. Marble Countertops
The classic, elegant beauty of marble countertops is hard to compete with. Unfortunately, marble countertops are also expensive. Marble also may not be the best choice if you have children or pets as it doesn't take much effort to scratch this type of countertop material up.
3. Butcher Block Countertops
Do you spend a lot of time cooking meats or cutting up vegetables in your kitchen? If so, a butcher block countertop may be the way to go. In addition to the gorgeous wood looking great with virtually any kitchen décor, this type of countertop is the equivalent of having a cutting board built into your kitchen. As long as you keep your countertops clean, you never have to worry about hunting for a cutting board every time you want to cook. As an added bonus, the chances of your children (or your pets) scratching up your butcher block countertop is unlikely.
4. Laminate Countertop
A laminate countertop is an ideal choice for both bathrooms and kitchens for someone who is on a tight budget, as it is one of the more inexpensive choices. This countertop material offers both value and versatility in any room you choose to install it in. Laminate is an extremely popular choice because it can be made to mimic the look of marble or granite countertops while being significantly cheaper and easier to maintain.
As you can see, the list of countertop materials for bathrooms and kitchens tends to go on and on. Only you can decide which type of countertop material is best suited for your needs. By taking the maintenance needs, cost, and durability of each option into account, you should have no trouble finding the right option for your home. Speak with a countertop installation expert to learn more.