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How to choose the right countertop for your kitchen or bath

Whether it’s for the kitchen or bathroom, selecting countertops will be a significant decision in any remodeling. From a design point of view, it is what sets the atmosphere of an area. It creates a focal point, especially when the backsplash or accent wall wraps around it, making it one of the first things people see in a home. It keeps us organized, provides storage, and has to be strong enough to withstand heat and dropped items. Here’s a guide to selecting the right ones for your kitchens and baths.

Kitchen countertops and their big job

They not only need to provide enough space for food preparation and storage, but they also need to be scratch, stain, and heatproof. Then, on top of that, they need to be beautiful enough to become the ultimate design tool! The best place to start is to make a list of your needs and style. Ask yourself such things as whether you prepare large meals or every kitchen gadget on the market. Do you have kids and friends who come over to eat and spill peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and Kool-aid? Do you use heat appliances in the bathroom, such as curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers? Most importantly, what is your budget?

Your countertop material options range from wallet-friendly laminate in many vibrant colors, designs, and patterns to tiles, which is still the most popular choice. Solid surfacing, a combination of epoxy, acrylics, and polyester, has a marble-like appearance. Natural stone is always popular: marble, granite, soapstone, limestone, quartz, slate, and travertine. Other choices are concrete, stainless steel, and even paint.

Bathroom countertops and double-duty

These have massive responsibilities! They have to withstand soap, cosmetics, hairdryers, and flat irons, while still providing enough space to handle the morning rush hour. This is no place for delicate objects!

One of the best materials for the countertop (sometimes called the vanity top) is granite. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest stone. Granite is scratch, stain, and heat resistant and provides the elegant look of a 5-star hotel bathroom. Marble is luxurious, durable, and unique; no two slabs ever have the same veining. Always be sure to ask about sealing. Other materials are laminate, solid surfacing, wood, and tile.

Carpet Mart has been serving communities in Red Deer, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Lacombe, AB, && Blackfalds, AB with a knowledgeable staff with over 30 years’ experience. Our showroom is in Red Deer, Alberta, where we offer free in-home estimates. Visit us for your next countertop project.