Choosing the Right Counter Top Material

October 17, 2016

maryland, kitchen, remodel, counters, counter tops

It can be very temping to select your counter top based on appearance alone. But this is a rookie mistake – there are many factors to consider when choosing a counter top material that will ensure that your kitchen is stylish and functional for years to come. When selecting a kitchen counter material you should factor in cost, durability, maintenance, usage, and more.


Before selecting the type of counter top, consider how often you use your kitchen counter and for what purposes. Do you love to bake often and do a lot of rolling on your counters and make a big mess with all that flour? Are you someone who is making kids lunches every day, or do you barely use your kitchen at all? Discussing the amount of time spent in your kitchen and what you’ll be doing on your counters will help your kitchen designer to guide you in the direction of the best material.


You want your counter top to match the rest of your kitchen, but consider the future and what will be best for resale or if you decide to redecorate. There are materials like granite that are available in a variety of shades like black, green, white, beige, and more. It also comes in two finishes: polished and matte. There are also solid stone counter tops which can come in almost any color imaginable. Concrete options are also endless with the option of staining. The point is that you have a lot of options, so which one is right for your style and the future of your kitchen? A professional kitchen designer will have samples on hand of all materials and all colors and finishes. They should also be available to view your kitchen and discuss the future of your home and projects.


There are some counter materials that do require upkeep. If you go with any stone counter top you should expect to have it sealed periodically. Some materials are stain resistant and scratches can be buffed out while others are less forgiving. Some surfaces can also be damaged by heat, so if you wanted to be able to move pots from the stove right to the counter top you should explain that to your kitchen designer. Concrete counter tops should be waxed several times a year, and wooden counters must be oiled just the same, so decide how much work you want to invest in your counter tops yourself before making your ultimate decision.


The cost of your new kitchen counter top is based on the material, color, finish, and size. If you are on a budget it can be tempting to choose a cheaper material – but is that sacrifice really worth it? One of the most expensive choices is granite or engineered stone. These are also the most versatile, kitchen safe, and desirable for home resale, so while you may not want to spend extra money consider the kitchen long game.


We always encourage you to speak to one of the Bath Doctor Expert Kitchen Remodeling Designers. Bath Doctor has been remodeling Maryland Kitchens for over 40 years. We have the experience and the knowledge to help you make the best decisions on materials for your counter tops and all of your kitchen fixtures and tiles. Not only are we knowledgeable, but we’ll bring the show room right to your house and let you view samples in your very own kitchen. This makes the process of selection that much easier.

To schedule a free estimate, contact our kitchen and bathroom remodeling team.

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