...so be sure to do your homework before making your countertop purchase. The varieties in color, pattern and materials have never been more readily available or abundant. However, you must do some research before making this sizable purchase.
Each type of material offers something a little different. You need to be sure that you are buying the one that fits into YOUR home and YOUR lifestyle. Do you need low maintenance or are you willing to put in extra care and effort for that perfect piece of marble?
Natural stones have become insanely popular over the past 15 years. Granite leads the way in this category. Granite is durable, strong and can be found in a plethora of colors and patterns. Marble is a tried and true favorite, but can be a little more high maintenance. Quartz composites are super popular and used most frequently in a more modern design. It combines the natural stone (quartz) with a very strong resin to create a virtually indestructible material which looks very much like natural stone. Soapstone is another very popular choice, though the color is limited and it shows it's age over time, which is precisely why many choose this beautiful stone.
Manmade materials are also very popular and homeowners are turning to other materials for a more unique and custom look. Recycled glass counter tops are a popular option. Using broken glass encased in a resin or concrete, they are almost always bright and colorful. Poured concrete may sound unappealing, but they look great and can be dyed in an amazing array of colors. They are smooth and solid and can hang tough with the best of them. Solid surface counters have been around for a very long time and used to have kind of a bad rap for looking a little plastic-y or cheap. I have to say that they have made great strides in color and pattern and they are a contender for the homeowner that wants a durable, functional and non-stone look. Stainless steel is a really great option for the modern or industrial-like kitchen. It is durable and easy to clean, though it does scratch and scuff, which adds to the look.
Whether you choose granite counter tops, marble, soapstone, quartz countertop, solid surface, butcher block, recycled glass countertop, kitchen counter tile, etc. (and the list is forever growing), doing your homework now will ensure that whatever one you choose will add luxury, beauty and functionality to your new kitchen for years to come.