For a new home construction or a home renovation in the Minneapolis area, homeowners are faced with a seemingly endless number of decisions in each room of the home. These decisions include the overall design, the layout, the style, the colors, and the materials used.
In kitchen renovations or construction projects in Minneapolis, a significant decision to make includes the choice in countertops. This is a critical decision as it impacts the color scheme and the materials to coordinate for flooring, cabinets, and even the overall layout of the kitchen.
In considering the options in materials for counters, there are several critical factors to think about. Taking the time to consider all aspects of the room, including how the kitchen is to be used, helps to ensure the best match in countertop options.
Amount of Use
While most countertops are a good option for general types of food preparation and general use, not all are extremely durable for heavy-duty types of cooking and daily use. For example, wood and tile countertops are beautiful and stand up to general use, but they are also made of materials that can easily chip, crack, or dent.
Harder types of materials such as sealed natural stone or engineered products like quartz countertops add the advantage of standing up to heat, accidents, and even spills. Of course, natural stone needs to be sealed to prevent staining, but this is also the same for wood or tile, and particularly for the grout between tiles.
The Value-Added Considerations
The type of countertops also impacts the value-added components of the kitchen. Natural stone countertops like granite or marble, or the engineered stone of quartz, not only adds a beautiful, luxurious look to the counters but it also adds value to the home.