How to Choose a Kitchen Countertop

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Countertops have an enormous impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. The many choices available offer varying cost, weight, durability, upkeep and aesthetics. Consider customizing each work zone with the most appropriate surface. Install luxury materials only where you need them to save money.

  • Determine a budget for your countertops. Whether you're buying counters for one room or every one in the house, give yourself a maximum price.

  • Explore material options. Laminate, rock maple, granite, marble, engineered stone, limestone and stainless steel are common varieties. They range in price and utility. If you're new to refurbishing or replacing counters, you might want to looks at material costs before determining a budget.

  • Decide the primary reason for getting the countertops. Some actually serve a cost-saving purpose, typically because of their durability. Others a just easy to look at. After exploring some of the benefits of each material (pros and cons often overlap from one material to the next), decide what's right for you. It might be worth investing in a luxury counter because of its added home value and scratch-resistant material.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most price quotes are given per installed square foot.

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