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Choosing Home Countertops

At Cook Remodeling and Custom Construction, we understand a remodeling project is an important investment in your home and your life. We want you to feel confident and comfortable throughout the room design and home product selection process. To help you in your decision making, we’ve written a choosing countertops guide to help decide what is best for you and your lifestyle in your kitchen, as well as your bathrooms, or even home office. This does not include all the possibilities, but is a good foundation to get started.  The designers at Cook Remodeling will help you with selections.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

A countertop needs to withstand spills, scrapes, and even hot pans, how durable do you need it to be?  There are a variety of surfaces to choose from, and even can be mixed to serve the needs of the space and added design detail.  You may choose a different surface for a custom kitchen island to set it apart.   We remind our Cook Remodeling clients to consider the shine of the surface.  If you prefer a matte look, don’t pick a highly reflective surface!  Know that if you replace just the countertops, you may not be able to reuse them when you remodel later.

Here is a guide of popular choices to help narrow your preferences, and is not meant to substitute for the recommendations of your design professional.

Type Does it Resist:

Scratches Stains  Heat

 

Benefits Drawbacks
Laminate
N Y N
low cost,
easy to clean, lots of colors, can
get granite, wood
marble look alike
difficult to repair, conventional has dark seam
Solid Surface Quartz
N Y N
durable, repairable,
easy to clean,
consistent color, can have integral
sink and edge detail,
can get leather look
no sealing needed
lacks depth of granite, not a natural material- is man-made
Stone-Granite Marble
Y N Y
durable, granite is
tough; can get slate, limestone, and granite in tile form to lower cost
expensive, needs annual reseal,
marble is too soft/porous for kitchen-substitute serpentine, inconsistent pattern and coloring, high heat contact can cause cracks
Tile
*grout is not
stain proof
N Y* Y
wide variety of patterns, textures, materials in tile for unique detail uneven surface, grout stains and may harbor
bacteria, can chip, crack can be inexpensive or expensive
Concrete
N N Y
great for contoured or custom shapes, can be colored, relatively inexpensive heavy, stains easily, shows scratches, prone to crumbling, cracking
needs regular resealing, will patina
Wood:  hard maple, red oak ash most common
N N N
good cutting surface, can have inlay patterns requires sealants, although naturally anti-microbial, do not use for raw meat
Stainless Steel
N Y Y
easy to clean, can be etched for custom look can look institutional, can dent and be noisy, expensive
Resists: Scratches Stains  Heat
Benefits Drawbacks

 

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