How to Choose a Kitchen Countertop

Choosing a kitchen countertop is exciting, though it does require some planning. You might already have an idea of the surface you want, or maybe you feel stuck and can’t make a decision.

But don’t stress.

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Outline your goals by starting with a simple strategy followed by a few easy steps. The confusion will clear and you’ll be confident and ready to find a look that reflects your style and meets your lifestyle needs.

Step 1: Ask Yourself These Questions

The natural instinct is to choose countertops based on aesthetics. The look of your counters is extremely important, of course. But you also want to consider the following:

  • What level of durability do you require?
  • What role does cost play?
  • Do you need easy-to-clean, low-maintenance counters?

Everyone’s lifestyles, needs and expectations are different. An active family with young children might require a more durable counter than a retired couple, for example. Regardless of your situation, when you ask yourself realistic questions pertaining to your own lifestyle, you can start narrowing down options.

Step 2: Select Stone

Marble, granite and quartz are all beautiful and unique in their own ways.  Which stone works best for you?

Granite is strong, durable and easy to clean. For on-the-go lifestyles, this stone is low-maintenance. To clean, simply apply mild detergent to a sponge or cloth, wipe and dry. It easily endures frequent use and wear-and-tear like heat — you can even cut on it without chipping or scratching the surface.

Meanwhile, marble is gorgeous and classic. It’s the traditional choice for homeowners who frequently bake, because the surface remains cool enough for you to roll out dough. Plus, the elegant stone stands up well to heat. Marble does require attention and care — a wine spill could stain the surface, for example, if it isn’t wiped up quickly. However, with proper care, marble countertops easily last a lifetime.

Incredibly durable, quartz is crafted with binding resin and quartz stone chips tinted with color. Though manmade, quartz countertops are just as popular as marble and granite because they’re stain-resistant and long-lasting while sleek and beautiful. For many homeowners, quartz fulfills all their kitchen countertop wishes.

Step 3: Choose Colors

Now, for the fun part. Once you’ve selected your stone, it’s time to decide on colors and finishes.

Granite comes in a variety of shades such as blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges. Granite finishes can be polished and shiny or matted.

Marble tends to have a natural look, and colors range from white to deep brown and even black.

Since quartz is an engineered product, it comes in the most diverse range of colors and patterns than natural stone.

Step 4: Find the Right Kitchen Countertop Provider

This is the easiest step. Work with a friendly, trustworthy team, like the knowledgeable experts at Intermountain Stone & Marble. Call us today!