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Countertop Angst: What’s Right for You?

countertopsThere are two rooms that sell homes: kitchens and bathrooms. According to HGTV, remodeling your kitchen could help you get up to 70 percent more for your home! Wow! As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. And the kitchen is the heart of the home. That being said, whether you plan to stay in your home for the long term, or envision selling it sometime soon, choosing to update a kitchen is a big decision, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big investment.

There are a lot of elements to consider when remodeling the kitchen in your Hudson Valley home. The staff at Hudson Valley Kitchens can carefully walk you through all the details and decisions, but today we want to talk specifically about avoiding countertop angst. There are dozens of materials you can choose for your countertops, and because this is one of the most high-traffic areas in any kitchen, it is important you love your decision from day one.

Granite

Let’s start with the most popular choice on the market today: granite. It is popular for a reason! Granite is naturally beautiful, comes in a variety of colors, has a natural grain, is durable, and can withstand heat.

However, because granite is porous, you should be prepared to have it resealed every year or so, and stains should be wiped up quickly. Also keep in mind, granite is natural! That means no two slabs are alike, so don’t expect things to be matchy-matchy.

Pricing runs the full spectrum of options – from affordable on any budget, to hundreds of dollars per square foot. The average is $50 to $100 per square foot … but again, that price varies very greatly depending on what you choose.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops aren’t just for restaurants anymore! In fact, they are getting pretty popular in homes ranging from modern to old farmhouses. Caring for stainless steel countertops is pretty easy, just be sure to not use any caustic chemicals.

If you’re wondering about them rusting – yes, it is possible, but the process takes a very long time, and simply caring for the countertop will help avoid it. This option will likely be a little pricier than granite.

Concrete

Concrete countertops are similar to granite in both functionality and care. They do need to be sealed regularly to deter stains, and prevent water damage. However, they are extremely durable, won’t scratch, and tolerate heat well.

Plus, if cost is a concern, this might save you a few bucks.

Quartz

This is another pretty popular option today. Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet, and therefore very durable. It also is not porous and does not require sealing like some other options may, and is stain resistant.

On the flip side, if quartz is exposed to direct sunlight, they might discolor some over time. Plus, if seams in a counter bother you, this may not be the way to go as you will likely see the seam unless you choose a slab with more patterns.

The options are nearly endless…

These are just a few of the many, many options available on the market today, and something you should talk about with your team at Hudson Valley Kitchens as you plan your kitchen remodel.

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