When it comes to designing the kitchen, we know the first thing that grabs attention, is a beautiful countertop. Now the countertop is not just a place to rest your microwave oven and toaster, it’s the surface where everything to do with food gets prepared. So having one that’s dependable and beautiful will be a great pick-me-up for homeowners, new or experienced.
Now that we’ve justified our slight obsession with this aspect of the kitchen, let’s look at some of the choices out there. We’ll also cover some of the pros and cons of each option, providing details that can help homeowners make an informed decision.
By the way, we wrote a post on doubling your kitchen counter’s lifespan here. Might be a good read for homeowners looking to maintain their current setups.
Pros: If you invest in high-end options, the solid surface will likely use an acrylic-based foundation, which is homogenous. They are also stain-resistant and high-end ones can cost as much as granite. However, granite doesn’t come in the variety of designs that solid surfaces do.
Cons: Low-end solid surface options are not stain-resistant, making it highly vulnerable to common coloured liquids like coffee, juices and cordial beverages. Another issue is that white designs from low end brands tend to grow yellowish over the years.
Estimated Cost: $65 to $85 per foot run
Pros: This beautiful stone provides a great look for any kitchen. The material is stain resistant and in addition, scratch resistant as well. It’s highly durable and unless it’s constantly exposed to direct sunlight, homeowners will not find any discolouration. As it’s considered one of the hard stones, granite also maintains its shine longer.
Cons: Since granite is formed by nature, the choices are highly limited, unlike its solid surface counterpart. Given its natural look, it’s also difficult to work into modern designs.
Estimated Cost: $120 to $150 per foot run
Pros: While granite is beautiful, marble is simply gorgeous to look at. This stone turns any countertop into a prize winner and produces a timeless look with its shine. Since it’s a softer stone, marble tends to lose its shine over time. Rebuffing can fix this easily, making it a surface that’s easy to maintain.
Cons: Aside from its shine fading easily, it’s also not stain or scratch resistant. So in the case of marble, beauty truly is only skin deep. Another con homeowners may wish to consider is the lack of variety. Marble has fewer varieties as compared to granite!
Estimated Cost: $150 to $180 per foot run
Pros: This is the crème de la crème of stones, when it comes to countertops. Quartz possesses the toughness of granite, the design flexibility of solid surface, is naturally formed and an absolute pleasure to look at. Since it comes in several designs, homeowners can look at quartz to complement any theme they have in mind.
Cons: It’s expensive enough to match the down payment of a car…in Singapore.
Estimated Cost (Low end): $120 to $200 per foot run
Estimated Cost (High end): $200 to $400 per foot run
If money is a concern, go with solid surface. We suggest investing in a high end brand so it lasts, and you don’t have to deal with discolouration and other imperfections.
If your theme matches the colours found in granite, then that’s our 2nd best recommendation. The durable and subtle beauty of granite makes a very decent looking countertop.
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