Remodeling your kitchen is a big step. Let’s be honest, your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where everyone seems to gather, whether planning and preparing meals, doing homework, paying bills, or just spending some quality time together. That’s why a kitchen remodel is so important. It gives you the space you need, some convenient features you crave, and it’s a reflection of your personality.
Your choice of countertops sets the tone for the entire room. You want a functional countertop that’s durable; while also wanting something that looks attractive and has an air of luxe, modern sophistication. How do you find a countertop that can live up to all those expectations?
At A&S, we have the solution. Actually, we have three solutions and thousands of possibilities. The following timeless countertop options will check all the boxes on your must-have list.
We love quartz countertops, but we also love quartzite counters. So, what is the difference between quartz and quartzite? Quartzite is a natural stone, and quartz is a synthetic or manmade version. Think of quartz as engineered quartzite countertops. Oddly, many people use the two terms interchangeably, which is why there’s a lot of confusion.
Quartz countertops contain crystals which are removed from quartzite then sent through an engineering process introducing other materials to the mix. The result is a more uniform looking countertop with lots of cool options including colors, patterns, and a look that resembles some natural stones.
In addition, any people prefer quartz because it has a long list of benefits:
- Versatility in appearance
- Reliability and durability
- Easy to clean and prevents stains
- Nonporous nature means no food contamination
- Scratch, chip, and dent resistant
- Heat resistant, so there’s no risk of burn or scorch marks
- No sealing (or resealing) required
- Long lifespan
With a slightly customizable look and a timeless nature, it’s easy to see why so many people opt for the convenience and durability of quartz.
Natural Stone Countertops
The main reason to go with a natural stone over a synthetic one is that luxe component. These countertops imbue a natural warmth and soft finish that can turn an industrial kitchen into a space that’s filled with cozy comfort. They also tend to be more dramatic, with delightful features that come from nature.
Back to quartzite. As we mentioned, it’s a natural stone, so it has a fantastic look. But quartzite isn’t the only popular natural stone. Granite countertops are a champion in the kitchen and a solid choice that’s not only going to physically stand the test of time, but also stay aesthetically pleasing as years go by.
Those are the two most popular, or at least the most common, natural stones used for counters. You may also find marble, soapstone, Jerusalem stone, and others used in kitchens.
All these natural stones look phenomenal, but they do require a little more maintenance than a synthetic countertop. You’ll want to preserve the stone by sealing it every 2-3 years and acting quickly when there is a spill. You also want to be sure to buy cleaning products approved for natural stone. If you love the look of natural stone and decide to go that route, our helpful A&S staff will be happy to share tips and techniques for keeping your countertops looking fresh and luxurious.
Hardwood or Butcher Block Countertops
Hardwood has long been a staple of solid, quality building and it’s got a lot of aesthetic value, too. A traditional butcher block counter is always a hit. The look of quality wood is timeless and versatile. And there’s simply nothing that compares to the warmth that hardwood countertops can add to a room. They can instantly transform a kitchen into a charming, inviting oasis for family gathering.
There are also plenty of benefits to hardwood countertops, many highly applicable in modern kitchens:
- Lower end of the price spectrum
- Easy to maintain
- Unique patterns and finishes available
- When sealed they are waterproof and sanitary
- Properly finished wood is incredibly durable and long-lasting
- Heat resistant, but not burn or scorch-proof
- Can be sourced locally
Your Best Countertop Solution
Some homeowners are finding that the best countertop solution for their kitchen is to use a combination of products. A butcher block countertop on an island with striking natural stone countertops or quartz counters surrounding it can be just the right touch of drama to make your kitchen a showstopper while keeping a homey atmosphere. Not only that, but it gives you all the benefits and versatility of each.
Contact our team today to speak with an expert about the wide range of exciting countertop options available for your kitchen project.