Kitchen Remodeling
The Best Counter Materials for Your Kitchen Remodel
by Shannon Dauphin
Do your kitchen counters need a makeover? There are several options in counter materials that can turn your so-so space into your dream kitchen. Which ones fit into your overall kitchen design?

Counter Material Options for Kitchen Remodeling

Are you ready to make the most of your kitchen remodel? These counter materials can make your kitchen look like a brand-new room!

  • Granite. Granite is durable, heat resistant, and the most popular option for kitchen makeovers.
  • Marble. Sure to impress, marble is fantastic for serious bakers, but can be damaged easily.
  • Quartz. More durable than granite or marble and with a more uniform look, quartz is a popular option.
  • Butcher Block. These countertops allow you to cut and prepare food right on them, and knife marks are easily sanded away.
  • Concrete. Concrete is custom made and dyed any color you choose.
  • Tile. Tile is a classic yet versatile counter material. Cracks or chips can easily be removed by replacing a tile section.
  • Stainless Steel. Naturally antibacterial and resistant to dents or scratches, stainless steel is an easy-maintenance option.
  • Laminate. This is a very affordable option, but laminate can scorch or scratch easily.
Tips for Choosing Counter Materials
When you are on the hunt for the perfect counter materials, don't just look at photographs in kitchen design magazines. Visit the showrooms, feel the countertops, and talk to the salespeople about the best options. Be sure to ask about the upkeep, including how easy a particular counter material is to seal, and what the drawbacks to maintenance might be.
Mix and Match Counter Materials
Can't decide on just one? You don't have to! Mix and match materials to suit your needs. For instance, an avid baker might want to put a marble slab into a butcher block countertop, thus creating the perfect place to knead bread. Someone who loves the look of concrete might choose to use butcher block on their kitchen island for variety.
Much of your kitchen remodel will focus on counter materials. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and you will spend a great deal of time with those countertops--so take your time in choosing the best!
About the Author:
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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