With so many options out there – Common options like granite, quartz or laminate and more exotic options such as marble, soapstone, butcher block or even metal – choosing the perfect counters can be a chore. They are often the design focus of the room, and can be that perfect finishing touch. There are some bold choices out there, but looks are not the only factor. Today at Hire it Done, we are talking with our partners at Hard Rock Stone Works about the properties of the most popular countertops.
Decide which factors are most important for you
1. Maintenance – Do you want maintenance free, or would you lovingly maintain your counters? Do you want them to look brand new for years, or would a well-worn patina add just the right feel to your space?
2. Cost – Some materials are very budget friendly, and some, well…are not. If your countertops are where you want to splurge, go for it! If not, a good supplier will be able to help you get the look you want within your budget.
3. How are you using the space? - A kitchen gets used daily, but a fireplace surround probably doesn’t
4. Characteristics of the material – Some quartz composites don’t perform well outside, and wood can warp with repeated exposure to wet conditions. Make sure you are aware of the properties of the material you are choosing, and the possible outcomes of using it in the desired space.
Once you have considered the factors, and established a budget, it’s time for a visit to the showroom!
Don’t get overwhelmed in the showroom!
You have already done the work (considering the above and establishing a budget) to narrow down the choices once you get to the showroom. Let your salesperson know your budget and the types of materials and colors you are interested in, and they will be able to take you right to the best options in the warehouse for you.
It’s a good idea to bring in samples of any other materials you will be using. Backsplash tile, cabinets and hardware, for example. You may love a particular slab on its own, but hate it with the backsplash tile.
We strongly recommend that you visit a state of the art showroom like the one at Hard Rock Stone Works where they not only make the selection process painless, but they may also have some great deals that will help stretch your remodeling budget.
When you’re ready to tackle your next remodeling project, visit hireitdone.com for a hassle free home improvement.