How to Choose Which Material to Use for Your Countertops

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How to Choose Which Material to Use for Your Countertops

Choosing the right materials for your countertops can be a challenge because there are so many great options. There's no "best" countertop material, but people usually have a favorite based on their characteristics. For example, the National Association of Home Builders reports that 62% of millennials prefer natural stone or granite countertops. Is that the right option for you? Let's take a closer look at which countertops might work best for you.

Natural Stones

Natural stone countertops are a very popular option. Natural stone includes marble, granite, soapstone, and slate. While all of these stones fall under the natural stone category, they each have different care requirements and different levels of durability. Marble's the most expensive option and the least durable option of natural stones. Granite's a favorite because it comes in a range of colors and is very durable. Soapstone's another popular choice, but it's not quite as durable as granite. Some natural stone countertops require special sealing treatment and maintenance.

Solid Manufactured Surfaces

Solid countertops can be made from polyester, acrylic, or a combination of the two. These surfaces are highly durable, scratch resistant, and require very little maintenance. They're also cheaper than their natural stone counterparts. They're great for large counter spaces or large islands.

Engineered Quartz Countertops

Engineered stone is a surface made from quartz (90%) and epoxy (10%). The result is a highly durable surface that looks like natural stone but acts like engineered material that's built to last.

Which One Is Right For You?

When you're deciding which countertop materials are best for your project, the first thing you should consider is the budget. Some countertop materials are much more expensive than others. Of course, color, style, and durability also should be considered. Do you want to have to worry about resealing the surface every few years? Do you have a busy household with young kids that may spill drinks on the countertop and cause staining? Then marble's probably not your best choice.

There are a lot of things to consider when you're deciding which material will be right for your countertop. Get the support of an expert from Vivaldi Lifestyles to help you to make the right decision for your project and your home.