Are you in the market for a new countertop? If so, you’re probably wondering how to pick the perfect one. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to picking the perfect countertop for your home. We’ll cover everything from materials to installation tips, so you can make an informed decision and get the most out of your investment!
How to Pick the Perfect Countertop for Your Home
There are many things to consider when picking a countertop. The most important thing is to pick something that fits your needs and budget.
Here are some things to keep in mind when picking a countertop:
There are many different materials available, including granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, and more. Each has its own unique properties, so you’ll want to choose one that fits your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a durable countertop, granite, quartz or quartzite might be the best option. If you’re looking for the most affordable option, Level One granite is your best bet. If beauty is what you are looking for, marble is timeless!
Most countertops require professional installation, while a simple vanity or desktop piece can be installed by the homeowner. If you’re not comfortable with installing the countertop yourself, At Amanzi, we already factor in the cost of professional installation, and because all of our installers are full time employees it’s a great investment!
ALL countertops require maintenance, but some materials require more than others. For example, granite and marble countertops need to be sealed when installed to prevent staining, but should be cleaned by the customer regularly to prevent staining. Quartz and quartzite countertops require more maintenance when installed, and only require occasional cleaning with the proper products. At Amanzi, we offer a 3-in-1 cleaner that can be used on your countertops.
Countertops can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, so it’s important to pick one that fits your budget. At Amanzi, we have countertop stone for all budgets. Please ask about our remnant pieces as well.
Look and Feel
The look and feel of your countertop is important. You’ll want to choose a material that compliments the rest of your kitchen or bathroom. For example, if you have a modern kitchen or bathroom, you might want to choose a sleek, glossy countertop. If you have a more traditional kitchen or bathroom, you might want to choose a classic stone countertop. At Amanzi, we also have a unique leathered finish, that works great as a textured top, as well.
Types of Countertops
When it comes to countertops, there are two main types:
Overhang: Overhang countertops are installed so that they extend beyond the edge of the base cabinets. This type of countertop is often used in kitchens where there is an island or peninsula.
Undermount: Undermount countertops are installed so that they sit flush with the edge of the base cabinets. This type provides a clean, seamless look and is often used in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.
Choosing a Material
As we mentioned earlier, there are many different materials available for kitchen countertops. At Amanzi Marble & Granite, we carry some of the most popular options, including granite, marble, quartz, quartzite and porcelain. Each has its own unique properties, so you’ll want to choose one that fits your needs:
Granite Countertops Pros and Cons
Granite is one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops. It’s durable, heat-resistant, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. However, granite is a porous material, so it needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining.
Quartz Countertops Pros and Cons
Quartz is a man-made material that offers the beauty of stone with the durability of engineered materials. Quartz is non-porous, so it doesn’t need to be sealed like granite. Quartz is also available in a wide range of colors and can be customized to match any décor.
Marble Countertops Pros and Cons
Marble is a classic material that has been used for centuries. Marble countertops are beautiful, but they require more maintenance than other options. Marble is a soft stone, so marble countertops are susceptible to scratches and etching from everyday use.
Quartzite Countertops Pros and Cons
Quartzite is a natural stone that looks similar to marble. Quartzite is durable and heat-resistant, but, similar to granite, it’s also a porous material, so it needs to be sealed regularly. Quartzite comes in a wide range of colors, from white to black, and many options in-between.
Porcelain Countertops Pros and Cons
Porcelain is a ceramic material that mainly consists of a clay mineral and materials that are combined in a kiln at extremely high temperatures to form the finished product. Because of that, porcelain countertops have a high heat resistance, as well as being less prone to water damage than other materials. One of the cons of a porcelain countertop is that it is more prone to scratches and cracks than other stone countertop materials.
Picking the Right Edge Profile
Once you’ve chosen your material, you’ll need to pick an edge profile. The edge profile is the shape of the countertop’s edges. There are many different options available, so you’ll want to choose one that fits your kitchen’s style. Our Professional Account Managers are able to show you examples, and help you make the best choice for your kitchen or bathroom.
Caring for Your New Countertop
Once your new countertop is installed, it’s important to care for it properly. Be sure to use coasters or trivets when placing hot items on the surface. Use mild soap and water to clean spills as soon as they happen. And, if your countertop is made of granite, marble, or quartzite, be sure to seal it regularly to help prevent staining.
Amanzi Marble & Granite Can Help
Amanzi Marble & Granite is here to help you choose the perfect countertop for your home. We carry a wide variety of materials, including granite, marble, quartz, quartzite and porcelain. Our experienced professionals can help you pick the right material, edge profile and install your new countertop quickly and easily. Contact us today to get started!