Kitchen countertops are the focus of the main room in your home, so installing a kitchen countertop is not something to take lightly. At True Blue Surfaces, whether you’re remodeling your entire kitchen or going for a kitchen countertop replacement, we place a lot of weight on the considerations that go into your decision.
After all, there are tons of countertop options for the kitchen. At True Blue Surfaces, we’ve got granite, quartz, marble, and much more. Within our showroom, you’ll find tons of materials, patterns, designs, and colorations—so many that you might even find yourself struggling to decide.
That’s why we put together this article. Here we’ve compiled a list of questions you should ask before you get the replacement or remodel started.
Questions to Consider
01. How will your countertop be used?
The first thing that many people think of is aesthetic. Of course, the way your countertop looks is very important. After all, you want something that you can show off—something that pulls your entire kitchen together.
But beyond looks, it’s also important that your countertop can withstand the activity that it will see in your home. Different materials offer different degrees of durability, so be honest with yourself in the beginning stages of the process.
Do you have an active family who enjoys gathering, eating, and sometimes spilling in the kitchen? If that’s the case, you might want to reconsider marble countertops and instead opt for something like kitchen countertops in quartz.
If you and your family are big-time chefs, you want something that can take the heat of the kitchen. That’s when you might consider granite because it’s known for its heat resistance and scratch resistance too.
02. What is your ideal level of maintenance?
When you first install your new countertop, everything is exciting. In the beginning, it’s likely that you’ll be more willing to spend time caring for the countertop than you will in, say, a year.
This is another moment where you need to be honest with yourself. On a daily basis, how much maintenance and care are you willing to put into your countertop? If you’d prefer something that sits there and looks pretty without needing much upkeep, quartz is a great option. It never needs to be sealed, and it’s extremely easy to clean. But if you have the time and the inclination to keep up a more delicate stone, marble countertops might be calling your name.
03. How much space do you have?
In order to know how much countertop material you’ll need, you have to know how much space you’re working with. This measurement is wise to have on hand because it plays directly into your budget and how much you’ll pay for your countertop.
04. What’s your budget?
Speaking of budget, now is a good time to consider how much you want to spend. The last thing you want is to back yourself into a corner with a material that you can’t afford.
Also—remember, budget is not just about upfront costs. While those may take up a sizable chunk of it, consider maintenance fees down the road and what you feel comfortable paying.
05. What’s your dream aesthetic?
Now you finally get to think about the aesthetics of your countertop. It’s usually a wise choice to find a countertop material that coordinates or contrasts with the color of your kitchen cabinets—finding a close match usually isn’t a good idea.
Think of the colors that you’re innately drawn to and see how they look against the walls and current fixtures of the room, then use these details to choose the aesthetics of your new countertop.
Creating Your Perfect Kitchen
At True Blue Surfaces, we love watching kitchens come to life with a brand-new countertop. For more tips on how to choose the best countertop material for your lifestyle, get in touch with us today.