As with any part of the kitchen, there are certain materials that are more popular than others because of looks, durability and cost and countertops are no exceptions. There are dozens of different countertop options available to homeowners, but there are a few that stand out above the rest. Here are five of the most popular kitchen countertops and some information about them.
One of the most popular kitchen countertop materials by far is granite. Granite is a natural stone known for its durability and beauty. Many looking to purchase a home have this countertop material on their wish list. One drawer back to this luxury material is its price. The average price of granite countertops installed runs between $50 to $100 per square foot, with “discount” granite costing around at least $20 per square foot. However, since this material can literally last a lifetime if taken care of properly, the cost can be well worth it.
Though laminate countertops have received a bad reputation of the years, today’s laminate countertops have been drastically improved. Laminate needs virtually no maintenance and is quite durable. In addition, laminate is one of the least expensive countertop options, cost as little as $5 per square foot. It is this cheap cost that makes it a very popular kitchen countertop choice with builders, landlords and cost conscious homeowners.
Imitation stone, also known as engineered stone is yet another popular countertop option. This man made material gives the look of natural stone and is durable, easy to clean and heat resistant. Though the cost of this material can be as high as some granite, it can be a truly stunning countertop option.
Stainless Steel is a very popular countertop choice in modern kitchens because of its sleek, clean feel. It is easy to clean, heat resistant, nonporous. These features make it an essential countertop for any serious cook. However, like any quality countertop, it is a pricey option at $70-$150 per square foot.
Ceramic tile is a classic option that has been popular as a kitchen countertop for decades. It is durable, easy to maintain and is relatively inexpensive at $10-$50 a square foot installed. You do have to be careful when using this countertop, however, because it can chip and crack which means you will have to do a inconvenient replacement. With the variety of colors available, this draw back is truly minimal.
So if you are a home owner looking for to replace their kitchen countertops, why not consider one of these materials. Find one that fits your budget and your needs. Then confidently have it installed, knowing that many other people will see it as a wise choice when it comes time to sell.