Granite: Premier Choice for Kitchen Tops
One of the most important features in your kitchen is the countertop. There are many different materials to choose from when replacing worn out or damaged countertops. Granite offers unique characteristics that have made it a premier choice among homeowners who want to update their kitchen in Cayce.
Many people will admit that they love the look of granite but believe that it is out of their price range. While granite may have only been attainable for the rich and wealthy in the past, it has become much more affordable over the years. With many more producers around the world and improvements in quarrying and fabrication, granite has become an option for the average homeowner. Some variables that may affect the cost of your countertops include stone color, edge profile, and the size and shape of your kitchen.
Granite Kitchen Tops Make Your Kitchen Ultra Modern
As with most decisions in remodeling, the "one size fits all" just doesn't do it. There is no pat answer on which kitchen top material is best but this article should get you pointed in the right direction. Each kitchen top material has its own pros and cons so it pays to do your research before you make your final decision and pony-up the dough. Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference but no matter which kitchen top choice you make, there are three main considerations that you will need before making your kitchen top choice: They are: Cost - Design - Utility.
I place these in this order for a reason: Your budget will ultimately determine the material choices you will have. Next is the design: Achieving your design / style goals can usually be achieved at all the various price points. The final choice is utility. These days, durability (like design) can be achieved through all kitchen top materials. Ok, let's get started:
Wood: Yes, you heard right "Wood". Most of us have seen "butcher block" island cabinets of a piece of butcher block incorporated into the kitchen top, but there is a whole new world of wood kitchen top solutions if you have the cash. Pricing on these kitchen tops make granite look like a bargain! If you want a "Stand-Out" kitchen, this will most certainly do it.
Cost: Prices (just for the materials range from $100 sq. ft. to $500 sq. ft.!
Design: The choices of wood species are extraordinary: Just to name a few... Cherry, Bamboo, Beech, Black Walnut, Canary, Hickory, Maple, Chestnut, Red Oak, Reclaimed Redwood, Teak, Zebrawood (among others).
Utility: Incredibly, this choice is quite durable. Other than re-oiling the tops every 9 to 12 months or so, there is very little maintenance. Waterproof: One supplier (Craft-Art) categorically states that all of their kitchen tops are "absolutely" waterproof. As well they are stain resistant, food safe, heat resistant and scratch resistant.
Granite: This is currently the most popular kitchen top on the market. Beautiful, durable and low maintenance sums-up this choice.
Cost: Affordability (or lack thereof) is the main issue with granite as you can easily spend $70 to $150 per square foot depending on the quality and scarcity of the stone. Other factors that determine cost is the thickness of the stone (2 or 3 centimeters widths) as well as the amount of pits and imperfections. There are typically 2 to 3 quality levels depending on which slab yard you go to. This can have a substantial impact on the final cost.
Design: Styles and colors of granite are plentiful. Some estimates are in the 3,000 range. You need only to go to a few of slab yards to see that "the sky is the limit" with regards to available choices.
Utility: Granite is very durable and holds-up well to heat. Although it is important to seal the granite a couple of times a year, overall care and maintenance is relatively minor.
Cost: Price points for stainless are reasonable however stainless steel comes in different qualities. It pays to go with the better qualities as the less expensive option has a tendency to scratch easier.
Design: Great for contemporary look but best if used in conjunction with another surface so that it does not become too sterile.
Utility: Very heat resistant and durable however will scratch with sharp objects.
Concrete: While not generally known, concrete is becoming a popular choice for kitchens... the counters and sinks are "poured in place" so they can achieve designs and styles not afforded by the other kitchen top materials. If you have an "irregular" kitchen shape, concrete may be a good choice
Cost: Equal to or more expensive than granite and engineered stone (in most cases) however depending on the style and amount of labor involved, it can get pricy.
Design: Since it is a poured product, you can get very creative with regard to shapes, color and flair.
Utility: Concrete is very porous but can be sealed. This material requires regular maintenance to reduce the chance of staining. Cracks and chipping are also possible if heavy or sharp objects are dropped on the counters.
Laminate: New laminate products have really changed the perception of the old Formica. New designs and an exponential increase in colors and patterns make it a great choice for the lower price point.
Cost: Hands-down the most cost effective counter material on the market today
Design: Multitudes of color and pattern choices.
Utility: Very strong with a high resistance to scratching and staining. Fairly resistant to heat however it can burn if pots or pans are placed on the surface when taken right out of the oven or from the cooktop.
Granite Kitchen Tops Sealing And More
Granite Tile kitchen tops are very beautiful to have on your kitchen or on bathroom vanity top, however the cost of having a granite counters installed made from slab granite can be prohibitive with prices starting at $40 per square foot. Some states such as New York have prices that reach upwards of over $100 per square foot.
There is a solution though and it is installing granite tile on your counter instead of paying the high price of having fabricated slab granite installed. This can be great especially if you are a jack of all trades around your home.
Maintaining a granite tile surface top is very simple all you have to do is apply a penetrating sealer once a year and you're good to go. The process for this literally only takes minutes and will protect the stone from staining and everyday abuse.
Are you thinking about sprucing up your kitchen but you have to stay within a budget and then do some serious thinking about installing a granite tile cooking area top. This will give you the beauty and functionality of genuine granite but at a greatly reduced price.
How to Buy Granite Kitchen Tops
When choosing a granite kitchen top in Cayce, be sure to visit a few showrooms in your area. Find a provider who allows you to hand select and personally approve all materials being used. Be sure that you are working with an experienced installation expert. Ask about warranties or guarantees that they may offer their products and services. Take time and do your research. Granite is a big investment in your home that will last for many years to come.
Don’t forget to ask about Marble Kitchen Tops.