You have many important and exciting decisions to make during your kitchen remodeling project. Chief among these decisions is which type of countertop is right for you. Countertops come in a variety of materials. Knowing more about each countertop type can help you pick the right material for you.
At prices averaging between $7 and $30 per square foot, laminate countertops are often the most affordable option. Laminate is made from laminated paper with a plastic coating on top, which means laminate can be made to look like nearly anything. Laminate countertops can be bold and bright, or can even be made to look like stone. Although the surface of laminate is scratch resistant, it's not impervious to scratches. Once scratched, laminate can't be fully repaired. It's also not heat resistant.
Laminate is the best choice for homeowners on a budget, because it can achieve the look of an expensive material like stone without costing as much as stone.
Durable, permanent and utterly beautiful, stone is like the king of kitchen countertops. It requires little maintenance, but is susceptible to etching from corrosive substances. Stone needs to be resealed periodically to protect it from moisture and acidic liquids. Stone comes in a variety of types and colors, and can be matched to almost any homeowner's tastes and kitchen décor.
Stone is also one of the most costly countertop options, running between $25 and $100 per square foot. It's the perfect material for homeowners hoping to improve their home's resale value and get a big return on their investment.
In terms of affordability and durability, acrylic represents a middle ground between laminate and stone. It's a synthetic material that has invisible seams and is completely stain resistant. Acrylic can be scratched, but can also be repaired when scratched.
Acrylic comes in a range of colors and patterns. Plus, at a price of about $12 to $23 per square foot, acrylic is a good product for homeowners interested in a slightly higher end product than laminate.
Recycled glass countertops are made from concrete mixed with pieces of used glass. This speckled, attractive countertop material comes in a range of colors. Recycled glass appeals to a variety of homeowners because it's environmentally friendly and somewhat unique.
At an average cost of $51 to $113 per square foot, recycled glass can be a pricey option. Still, for homeowners hoping to install a sustainable countertop material, recycled glass is an excellent choice.
For more help sorting through all your countertop choices, speak with a general contractor like Wunderlin Builders. He or she can talk to you about your options and may be able to offer helpful suggestions that can help you pick the right countertop for your home.