Without a doubt it is a complicated process. One of the main things in a bathroom or kitchen remodeling is choosing countertops and tile. We are going to talk about countertops in particular. There are many different styles with different functionalities and of course price tags.
Make sure you find the right balance between design and utility when shopping for countertops for your kitchen or bathroom. One of the first pros is increasing value of your property. Besides value there are aesthetics and appeal. The right countertop may change the whole look of your kitchen or bathroom. Before making your selection, you have to think on how are you planning on using the space. We encourage you not to make a decision based on the look itself, make sure it is durable and practical. You have to know what you are paying for. Nowadays, there are many different types of countertops. Most of consumers may not even think of those listed below.
Although the materials are relatively cheap, the labor has to be done extremely carefully and detailed. From time to time concrete countertops have to be sealed in order to prevent water damage and later destruction. In most cases, concrete countertops are scratch free and can also stand heat which is very good for your kitchens. The prices may range from $70 to $135 per square foot.
One of the most impressive types of surface is glass countertops. If your budget allows you to spend extra money, you can come up almost with any color and texture. Glass countertops are heat resistant and strong by its nature. The only cons of this type of material is that it makes fingerprints visible. It also can be scratched or cracked. If you are interested in glass countertops please visit one of the leading glass manufacturers Jockimo. Prices for the glass countertops depend on how thick the glass is. It may range from $100 to $300 per square foot.
Soapstone is a very interesting type of surface. Despite its soft texture, it is heat resistant. It is also known for not absorbing stains. Unfortunately, it can be easily scratched and the only advantage is that scratches can be sanded out or fade away with time. Another disadvantage of soapstone is possible color change with certain period of time. If you were thinking to install soapstone countertop by yourself, you may want to reconsider and hire someone who can professionally fabricate and finish the job. The prices can vary from $70 to $100 per square foot.
Engineered Stone Countertops
When engineered stone is manufactured about 90% of quartz is being used. As you may think, it makes it tough and very durable. It is a perfect surface to be used for kitchen remodeling. “ It is one of my favorite surfaces” says the CEO of Comfort Home Remodeling Design in Chicago, IL. “ We often use engineered stone in Chicago where resale value is the key”. It keeps its beauty over time and it also doesn’t have to be sealed.” Engineered stone is going for around $60 to $80 per square foot.
Stainless Steel Countertops
If you are going for a modern or country look, stainless steel countertops are the choice to go with. Just like our previous options, it can take pretty decent temperatures but can rust over long period of time. Interesting fact is that you can’t use any chemicals and bleach when cleaning countertops but vinegar and hot water will disinfect it just fine. There are many different options that come with stainless steel countertops and you can see some of the designs by visiting HGTV. The prices for stainless steel countertops go from $70 to $150 per sf.
Even though the scratches can be buffed out, wooden countertops are still considered durable among all of the options listed above. Direct heat can easily damage the surface thats why it is very important to get yourself few sets of crock-pots after you finished your kitchen remodeling. Of course prices, are driven by the type and thickness of the wood. Prices range from $40 to $400 per square foot.
One of the most used and loved countertops will always be granite. Beautiful texture and extreme durability will make your kitchen look outstanding. The only issue with granite countertops is need to be sealed at least once a year. Granite offers more than 20 shades to be used when choosing color of your future cabinets. There are some consumers who not only instal granite countertops but also granite walls when kitchen remodeling is being done. The prices are pretty acceptable starting with $60 per square foot. The Countertop Guide will help you discover pros and cons of the granite countertops.
One of the largest retailers in the nation Sears breaks down some of the option. On the table below you can see the differences between some of the most popular countertops. Another great source for countertop choices is Home Depot .
If you live in Chicago land area and looking to perform kitchen or bathroom remodeling, please don’t hesitate to call Comfort Home Remodeling Design at (847) 459-2419. We will be happy to assist you with any questions and provide you with free estimate. We work with absolutely all types of countertops listed above. Let your kitchen remodeling be in good hands.