Tips for Choosing Attractive, Durable Surfaces 

Upgrading the countertops in your kitchen or bathroom is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to improve the look and function of your spaces, and increase the value of your home. However, the market is full of countertop slabs in a host of different materials, colors, textures, finishes, patterns, sizes, and thickness. With a battery of options to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming to select the surface that is right for your home.

At Bucks County Cabinetry & Design, we believe that countertops can create a statement and become the defining element of your home décor. Since they are a long-term investment, you need to be sure that the one you choose meets your lifestyle, requirements, and budget. Read on for some tips on choosing attractive, durable surfaces that meet your home renovation goals.

How to Select the Right Countertops for your Home

Whether you need a minor redesign or a complete overhaul, if countertop change is on your list, here are three important aspects to consider: 

  1. Renovation Goals: Is the countertop change part of a long-term commitment to serve your family’s needs and lifestyle, or is it for improving the resale value of your home?
  2. Features: Do you need a surface that is stain resistant, heat resistant, easy to clean and maintenance-free, or is your focus on aesthetic appeal or period details, irrespective of the other features? 
  3. Budget: How much are you willing to spend? 

Some of the materials that work well in most homes, and usually feature in brand new homes are granite and quartz. However, if you are looking for a custom upgrade, why not focus on some countertop alternatives? Here are some options you may want to explore:

Metal Countertops: For a chic, industrial looking kitchen with a virtually indestructible surface, go for a metal countertop, such as stainless steel. It is durable and resilient to almost everything, including heat, stains, water, and even bacteria, mold, or household germs. You may also want to look at some other metal countertop options, such as zinc or copper. While zinc is hip and trendy, copper infuses a rustic feel to create a country, farmhouse, or vintage décor style. Both materials are non-porous, naturally anti-bacterial, and easy to clean and maintain. One of the coolest aspects about these countertops is that they are like ‘living-metals’. They react to their natural surroundings, and change color, develop fine lines or marks, or lose their sheen, which in turn blends together to create a beautiful patina. Most homeowners feel that the naturally evolving look gives the kitchen a truly unique character. 

Wood Countertops: Wood is such an attractive material, that it instantly adds warmth and a natural look to any kitchen. Whether you want an ultra-modern look, or a rustic-chic appeal, wood countertops have the versatility to blend into any design style. When sealed properly, these countertops can stand up to heat, sharp edges, and all the other goings-on of a busy kitchen. In addition to the color and stain, wood countertops or butcher blocks offer a wide range of customization options:

  • Types of Natural Woods: Maple, walnut, oak, teak, or the exotic Wenge wood. 
  • Finishes: Drying or non-drying oils, or beeswax or paraffin  
  • Grain Orientation: Edge grain that features parallel wood rails, end grain for a checkerboard pattern, flat grain or wide plank for a premium seamless surface, or the beautiful live edge that embraces the natural organic shape of the wood.

Solid Surface Countertops: Durable, smooth, and available in an extensive range of colors or patterns, solid surface countertops can give you an inexpensive, yet classy imitation of other materials, such as marble or concrete. Whether you go for classic Corian or other acrylic-based materials, solid surface countertops offer easy cleaning and maintenance, and do not need periodic resealing. You can seamlessly integrate sinks or drain boards within these countertops. Their only drawback is limited heat resistance and occasional scratching or denting, but these issues are easily repairable. 

Laminate Countertops: One of the least expensive countertop materials, laminate countertops come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles. While they are not as durable or heat resistant as natural stone and wood, laminate countertops can comfortably withstand everyday use. Nowadays, you can even get custom-fabricated laminates in an assortment of vintage designs or textures, especially for a period-specific kitchen restoration.

Besides the above, several other materials could help you achieve the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. While marble or onyx add a distinctive look and element of drama, wood or soapstone offer a warm and attractive vibe. The trick in selecting the right countertops is to achieve the perfect balance of functionality, aesthetic appeal, and cost and maintenance preferences. 

Fantastic Kitchen and Bathroom Makeovers by Experienced Bucks County Remodelers

Ready to invest in a beautiful countertop for your kitchen or bathroom? Hire the services of a trusted remodeling contractor, such as Bucks County Cabinetry & Designs. As experts in custom renovation projects, no job is too small or too big for us. We have the skills and experience in handcrafting complete specialty kitchens, as well as individual assignments, such as cabinetry fittings, countertop changes, or backsplash or hardware upgrades. 

Explore some of our past bathroom and kitchen transformations, including some interesting outdoor kitchens. Our clients vouch for our innovative designs, lifestyle friendly solutions, and impeccable workmanship.

Whether you are looking for a simple refresh or a complete makeover, discuss your renovation goals with the experts at Bucks County Cabinetry & Design. Call 215-489-0851 or contact us online to book a consultation. 

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