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Kitchen Countertop Materials for New Housing


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One of the advantages of buying a new home is the chance to select materials for everything from floors to cabinets. If you’re still trying to decide what to use for your kitchen countertops, here are the pros and cons of some popular choices.

·         Granite. Arguably, the most popular material for countertops today, this natural stone features several patterns and colors. Be prepared to pay extra for rarer colors like a natural blue. The hard material resists scratches and heat. But it typically requires resealing, as often as yearly, to repel liquids and staining.

·         Wood. Warm and showing a variety of grains and colors, wood countertops can range from the traditional oak and maple to more modern teak and bamboo. It adds a traditional touch, particular in the butcher block variety, and is a renewable resource. However, the surface is porous and absorbs germs and stains unless sealed properly. It can also be scratched and dented and needs consistent treatment to prevent water damage. Wood countertops typically need refinishing every decade or so.

·         Quartz. Manufactured from crushed quartz and colored with pigment, this material can mimic the appearance stone or look totally unique. Because it’s not porous, quartz resists staining and does not harbor germs or bacteria. It feels softer but is just as durable as granite and does not crack or chip. It’s the lowest maintenance of the three choices mentioned here because it does not require resealing.

New housing will typically have samples of the materials in the decorating center so you can see and feel your choices first-hand before making a decision. If you want more information on kitchen countertops, please contact us.