6 Considerations When Purchasing Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen renovations add significant resale value to a home. Kitchens and bathrooms are a major deciding factor for potential buyers and kitchen countertops have a high visual impact in a kitchen. Therefore, before investing a tremendous amount of money in countertops, the following six tips should be considered.
- Color Options and Consistency: Granite is quarried from the earth as a single slab. The granite slab will contain naturally appealing inconsistencies in color and pattern. Another option is crushed quartz which is combined with a resin to form countertop surfaces. Quartz countertops are available in a large variety of pattern and color options. Homeowners looking for consistency in a countertop may prefer a quartz surface.
- Durability: Granite is a durable resilient surface that withstands burns from hot casserole dishes, scratches from knives and cleans easily. Granite can be chipped. Quartz can be damaged by undue force however, a skilled craftsman can repair the countertop without a visual trace. Although quartz is scratch resistant, most warranties do not cover heat burns.
- Hygienic: Maintaining a clean kitchen is an important step to preserve a healthy family. Top manufacturers of quartz countertops are producing a hygienic surface that reduce the opportunity for bacterial growth.
- Maintenance: Dark granite should be sealed once a year. However, lighter colored granite and marble should be sealed every three to six months. A quartz surface is nonporous and does not require sealing.
- Market Trends: In 2015, home buyers now despise laminate or Formica countertops. Four decades ago however, a laminate/Formica countertop was not considered a buying deterrent. Following current home trends affects the eventual return on investment from your renovation project. Quartz countertops have edged granite countertops out of the fashion forward lead for kitchen counters in 2015. Wood countertops are finishing at a close second, especially for modern kitchen designs.
- Neighborhood: The average sale price of a comparable home in the neighborhood will dictate the amount budgeted for countertops. A homeowner with a house currently valued at $125,000 in a neighborhood where the average home price is $150,000, should limit the total kitchen renovation budget to $25,000.
*Photo courtesy of Kensal Walk Kitchen by Polygon Realty Limited at Flickr’s Creative Commons.