Picking Your Upgrades Part 1: Countertops

Posted by Justin Nolette on June 9, 2017

When it comes to choosing upgrades, you have many options - including your counter tops. Having a lot of selection is a great thing, but you'll want to know where to start. We're here to walk you through what you need to know so you're sure to be happy with your counters for years to come! 

Picking Your Upgrades Part 1: Countertops Glenridding Delton Kitchen imageLaminate Countertops

Let’s start with the most affordable option home builders typically offer. A key thing to remember is, you're not sacrificing style for affordability if you opt for laminate. Laminate has come a long way since it first came into popularity, now boasting new stylish designs and a sturdier appeal. Here are the pros and cons of laminate counter tops. 

Pros 

  • Laminate is generally the least expensive option for countertops and is easily accessible in a variety of colours and patterns
  • Laminate offers an ease of installation not offered by other materials 
  • Very low maintenance when it comes to caring for it over many years

Cons 

  • Damages easier than other types of countertops as it is more sensitive to heat and scratches
  • Laminate is more difficult to repair. If you are wondering about repairing laminate there are a few options available, but typically it's just better to replace it completely
  • If you want to increase the value of your home you may want to choose a more high-end material

Picking Your Upgrades Part 1: Countertops Langdale Watson imageQuartz Counter Tops

Now let’s move on to another option - the ever popular quartz countertop.  Quartz is a man-made stone known for its smooth patterns and engineered beauty. Quartz comes in an abundance of colours and patterns so you'll be sure to find something that suits your personal taste. While some builders may regard quartz countertops as an upgrade, others may include them as part of their standard specifications. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if quartz is right for you. 

Pros

  • Quartz is a non-porous material, therefore, it won’t absorb spills or be a breeding ground for bacteria
  • The colour patterns are man made so you'll have a cohesive look throughout
  • When installing quartz there are little to no visible seams, unlike some other stone materials

Cons 

  • A heavy impact may cause the quartz to crack or chip.
  • You can’t use heavy duty cleaners on it (such as bleach) as it can cause damage
  • This product is harder to install because it is heavier than natural stone countertops

Granite Countertops

Granite is another great option for homeowners looking to add a bit of luxury. Exploring the differences between granite versus quartz can give you a broader idea of how granite is produced and which will be a better option for your home. Granite comes in over 20 different shades and is extremely popular due to its natural aesthetic. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider regarding granite. 

Pros

  • Having granite counter tops adds immensely to the resale value of your home
  • Granite is extremely durable and non-susceptible to scratches or dents
  • Granite is resistant to stains and won’t absorb liquids when sealed properly

Cons

  • As a natural stone, there will be variations in the pattern. Quartz will be a preferable material for those looking for a more uniform look.
  • Granite is porous and requires a coat of sealant every year in order to keep it looking it’s best
  • Granite can cost a bit more due to its uniqueness and value

When you're deciding whether or not to add upgrades to your home, you want to choose something that will suit your lifestyle for many years to come. With these options in mind, you should be able to make an educated decision on which countertops are best for you and your family. A good builder will provide you with a variety of options to suit your style and price point.

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