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Top Kitchen Countertop Materials to Choose From

Your kitchen countertop is a functional accessory that not only gives your kitchen a distinctive look, but it also enables you to work easier in it. That is why it is important to choose the right type of countertop that fits your lifestyle when considering a kitchen remodel not only in Coeur d’Alene, ID but pretty much anywhere. Remember, it may look good in pictures but is it really the right countertop for you? To help you make the right choice, we have put together a list of top kitchen countertop materials that you can choose from depending on your lifestyle and what you generally use the kitchen for.

Some kitchen countertop materials are more expensive than others and some are also more durable than others. Let’s take a look.

  1. Granite

If your budget for your kitchen remodel in Coeur d’Alene, ID is on the higher side, granite can be a great choice for you. That’s especially if you’re after a more elegant look for your kitchen. It is also extremely durable and it is available in a range of light and dark colors with all sorts of flecks. The edges can also be cut in a variety of ways including beveled, square, and more. They require very little maintenance and heat resistance so you don’t have to worry about placing pots directly from the oven onto it. It’s also a great surface for kneading dough.

  1. Marble

This natural stone is also on the pricier side but it’s great at instantly elevating the look of a kitchen. The downside, however, is that it is not as durable as other countertops so its use leans more towards aesthetic than functionality. Always use proper cutting boards when chopping ingredients on your marble countertop, otherwise, it will scratch if you cut directly on it. Marble also stains easily so you need to clean up any spills fast. One unique aspect of this material is that it naturally maintains a low temperature, making it ideal for baking.

  1. Soap Stone

Another type of natural stone, this material is usually dark gray in color and it has a smooth and silky feel. It can also be a great alternative to granite. Over time, this material acquires an antique-like patina that can make certain kitchen styles more attractive. It is also stain-resistant and fairly impervious to heat. Any damages can be sanded out and most of all, it offers an antique and historic look to a kitchen.

  1. Quartz

Quartz is an engineered stone product that contains roughly 93% quartz particles and other minerals. These are shaped into slabs and bound with resin. This material is a more adaptable alternative to granite as well as marble. It is also available in a large range of colors and provides a nonporous surface that resists scratching and staining.

  1. Concrete

If your kitchen is leaning towards a modern look, concrete countertops are a great addition. It contributes a bold and striking look while having the added benefit of being extremely durable. The downside is that concrete is far from perfect as they can sometimes crack for no obvious reason or when a home settles more into its foundation. Then again, cracks on concrete countertops are very easy to repair.

These are all great countertop materials for your kitchen remodeling project. So if you are planning one, choose us at Gallagher Construction and we will give your kitchen the makeover it needs. We do kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, and more in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Now, if your choice of material is not on the list, go ahead and ask us about it. Call us at 208-635-5326 or leave a message on our Contact Page.