Choosing your Kitchen Countertop: Design versus Price

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

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Whether you’re purchasing your kitchen countertops in Virginia or online, you’re going to run into the inevitable conundrum of deciding on materials in relation to cost. To save you a little footwork, here are the most popular countertops ranked from lowest price to highest price with a few of their pros and cons.

This is by no means a comprehensive list but it’s enough to get you started as you work towards refining your kitchen from something of an non-functioning behemoth (what it is now) to a thing of beauty and wonder that will captivate your free time for years to come.

  1. Ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is currently one of the cheapest materials available for your Virginia kitchen remodeling project. Ceramic tile comes in a variety of colors and gives you an endless amount of design possibilities. Another perk of ceramic tile is the fact you can try to install it on your own without a professional. However, any mistakes you make will be easily visible so if you’re looking to make your Virginia kitchen remodeling project a one shot deal, it’s better to get a professional. The only downfall that ceramic tile has is the issue of food and other items stuck in the grout. Grout can also collect moisture so it will need to be sealed periodically, making it a lifetime upkeep.

  2. Laminate. Laminate is another common material you’ll see in a Virginia kitchen. There are a few reasons for this: the materials are low cost, laminate is easy to install, and it doesn’t take a lot of time to install it. However, there are a few reasons you might want to avoid this Virginia kitchen countertop: laminate cracks very easily and if any water gets underneath the surface, it will cause the wood chip base to swell up and distort the countertop. While this countertop is among the cheapest out there, the upkeep on it can be costly.

  3. Stone, marble, quartz. Natural stone is one of the most beautiful materials you can use on your Northern Virginia kitchen remodeling project. Not only does it look beautiful but it can increase the chances of you selling your home with its sleek design. However, there are a two important downfalls with this material: the cost and the fact that stone is a porous material and will have to be sealed. While the cost and sealing may turn you off to stone, don’t count it out so fast. Stone doesn’t warp and can last as long as your home does, making it the perfect one-stop countertop choice.

  4. Metal. While metals like stainless steel sound like a futuristic choice, they have made their way out of restaurants and into home kitchens in Virginia. The benefits of using metal for your Northern Virginia kitchen remodeling project range from the ability to mold metal in any shape or size you desire to having a unique and sleek look can attract a buyer’s eye. The only downsides to this material are that it’s expensive, it can stain and corrode, and it will take some maintenance to keep as shiny as when you first have it installed.

When you decide to take your Northern Virginia kitchen remodeling project seriously instead of just daydreaming about it, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best you can afford. While the countertop design is typically the first thing people think of, most of the materials out there will accent your home in some way. However, all materials are not created equal. Taking the time to choose your material first, you’ll be guaranteed to get a new Virginia kitchen countertop that is both beautiful and functional.

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