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How to Choose a Countertop for Your Kitchen

by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen

Choosing the materials for your kitchen remodel can seem confusing without proper guidance. It all boils down to a few factors: budget, needs, and aesthetic. These are the three most important things to consider when choosing the right countertop for your kitchen. Countertops are sometimes the area of the kitchen where homeowners like to splurge and spend a little more money to get a material that will work best for them. There are many options for kitchen countertops, and it’s important to find something that you know you will love for years to come. Furthermore, you should also factor in resale value when choosing your kitchen countertops; not all countertops are appealing to everyone, and there are certainly current trends to look out for in design elements. Above all else, you should consider functionality in terms of the material you choose. If you don’t mind a little extra cleaning for a countertop that you absolutely love, then some materials may be better for you than others. However, it is important to keep in mind that what was popular yesterday, is no longer relevant today in kitchen design. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right countertop for your kitchen:

Material that needs low maintenance

First of all, it helps to know a little bit about different types of countertop materials before diving into the remodel process. There are many different options that range greatly in pricing, which is why it is so helpful to have professional assistance when choosing your countertop. A little personal research also never hurt anyone going into a remodel project. When you work with a professional remodel company, they can give you material options that fit your individual needs as well as update the look of your kitchen. For instance, if you want a high-end look but don’t want to sacrifice functionality, a new popular option is countertops made of quartz. Quartz is incredibly low-maintenance; they are difficult to stain and scratch and can withstand high temperatures from a pot or pan, for example. Furthermore, quartz countertops range in pricing among the different types available.

Countertop serving multi-purpose

Just a decade ago, granite countertops were the most popular option for homeowners. While granite is still a commodity for remodels, there are other less expensive and more functional options out there that will still give your kitchen the facelift it needs. For example, a highly popular option is to scrap the expensive rock countertops and go for an all-around functional wood countertop that you can chop vegetables on and treat the entire countertop as a prep board. This streamlined yet rustic approach to a kitchen remodel works for people who do plenty of cooking and don’t have time to clean the kitchen in separate components. One simple kitchen-friendly, non-toxic wood cleaner will do the trick when you want to get a good, clean result without having to bust out all those harmful granite countertop treatments.

Recycle the old one

Another countertop option that is even more budget-friendly but packs a punch in functionality and aesthetic is recycled countertops. There is a wide range of recycled materials that such countertops can be comprised of, including glass and concrete. Recycled composite countertops are a cheaper option that looks similar to a beautiful slab of polished granite, without the hefty price tag of course. These countertops have become extremely popular amongst low-budget home remodels without sacrificing beauty and function.

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Seek experts help

Choosing the right countertop for your home can be tricky without proper guidance. The experts here at Kitchen Emporium are familiar with a plethora of vendors located all over Southern California and know what materials will best suit your needs. We have several Kitchen Emporium locations near the San Fernando Valley, San Marcos, and San Diego areas, making it convenient to stop by to meet our friendly staff or check out our showrooms and portfolios. The countertops you choose can make or break your kitchen remodel—it’s important to stick to your budget, but also be familiar with the options available to you. That’s where we come in! We will make the process simple and smooth from start to finish, and perform every install with the highest quality of professionalism and precision. Contact us today for a consultation—we want to help to make your kitchen remodel a success.