Countertops are one of the most important elements of a kitchen, and choosing them can be confusing and time-consuming. One helpful tip when navigating home renovations is to ask yourself some key questions. Here are five questions to ask when choosing kitchen countertops.
What Are the Dimensions of My Kitchen?
When choosing your kitchen countertops, you have to take measurements and be completely sure of the dimensions of your kitchen. Knowing your kitchen’s dimensions will help when drawing comparisons between different materials you think of using for your counters. If you decide to hire a designer during your kitchen renovation process, you should at least have an estimate of your dimensions ready. This information will assist you and the designer as you discuss which materials are in your budget based on how many linear feet of countertop you would need to order.
Which Materials Do I Like Best?
We get it; Those stunning marble countertops would look incredible in your kitchen, but there are many factors to consider when choosing your kitchen countertops. While you may feel sure that you want the same counters you saw in a magazine, chances are you’ll feel differently once you see them installed. This is why you should take your time when choosing kitchen countertops, and ask yourself questions like, “Which materials do I like best and why? What’s the most important quality in a good counter? Do I care about stains more than design? Do I care about aesthetics more than practicality? Which materials suit my budget best?” After pondering through these concerns and researching different materials, you may come to change your mind entirely about the materials you want for your kitchen countertops.
Are They Family-Friendly?
Choosing kitchen countertops for a busy family of five is much different than selecting counters for yourself. One of the most important parts of deciding on kitchen countertops is taking into account every family member who will use those counters regularly. Cooking for your family every night or having small children coming into contact with your kitchen countertops makes a huge difference in your thinking process, so don’t forget this part. Make sure to research as much as you can about which counter materials are durable and heavy-duty. Ask yourself, “Can these counters withstand food without staining? Do these kitchen countertops scratch easily?” At Stone International, our countertop experts highly recommend quartz, and we have a wide variety of colors and patterns in quartz to fit into your kitchen perfectly.
Do These Countertops Require Maintenance?
Certain kitchen countertops require more maintenance than others, so take into account how much time and money you’ll have once you install the counters of your dreams. While materials like granite, marble, and limestone are porous and need sealing at least once a year, non-porous materials like quartz and laminate do not require sealing or much maintenance at all. Wood countertops, on the other hand, require Danish oil at least twice a year, so keep all of these factors in mind. Before choosing kitchen countertops, make sure you are fully able to take care of them.
How Big is My Budget?
Just like with any home renovation, sticking to your budget is crucial. Depending on your local suppliers, materials can vary in price, but certain materials are notoriously known for always being more expensive than others. Nevertheless, choosing high-quality, long-lasting kitchen countertops that you can maintain will add value to your home. It’s all up to what your plans are for you and your family. When it comes to budget, be realistic, but plan for unexpected costs and last-minute changes.
Our team at Stone International prioritizes your individual needs and is here to help. We would love to hear any questions or concerns you have about your kitchen countertops, so give us a call!