Rumor has it: Granite’s going out of style.
Is it true? Could granite’s 30 year reign be coming to an end?
I don’t think so. Granite still remains a solid choice. After all, it’s both durable and attractive and increasingly affordable too. Some Designers are booting it in favor of alternatives that are cheaper, varied, and lighter or just to please granite-tired clients,
Granite’s top competitor, engineered quartz offers the beauty of stone without the maintenance. Its tougher than granite, and highly resistant to scratching, cracking, staining and heat. Because it is non-porous, it doesn’t have to be sealed like natural stone.
Increasingly, homeowners appreciate natural wood countertops- particularly butcher blocks and those custom created by quality craftsmen. While wood countertops can add warmth, balance and beauty to any modern home, they also require a fair amount of maintenance- must be sealed about once every month. However, wood can be refinished in the event any damage from heat and moisture occurs.
Soapstone is durable and comes in two types: artistic and architectural. It doesn’t stain, and it’s heat-resistant. It’s also non-porous and doesn’t require regular sealing. It is a softer material that can be scratched or nicked with sharp objects. Light gray soapstone will weather and darken over time. Material comes in smaller slabs, so seams will be visible in soapstone countertops longer than 7 feet
Concrete has evolved a lot since its countertop entry in the 80’s. Precast concrete countertops are available in a number of different colors. Generally they’re flat and smooth. Historically, concrete countertops have cracked and chipped easily, but recent innovations have made them less prone to damage. Strong and heat resistant concrete slabs can be sealed to prevent staining.
Its heat, rust and stain resistant, easy to clean and wont absorb the toughest of bacteria. It’s no surprise that restaurants use stainless steel countertops. Downside? They scratch easily- and show it too. For this reason, it is best to always use a cutting/chopping board anytime you are prepping food. A balance of stainless steel and wood can add warmth, timeless and uber-functional kitchen.
There are other options like Silestone, Corian, Marble and so on!
Thinking of kitchen remodeling? Go with what you like the best! However, if resale is your concern, stick with the more neutral and generally appealing countertops!