Your kitchen countertops take up a significant amount of space in your kitchen, making them a primary focal point in the room. Whether you’re designing a brand new kitchen or remodeling your existing cooking space, you want to select countertops that suit your style. However, countertops also need to be functional. They have to hold up against cooking spills, sharp knives, hot pots and pans, and more.
You want countertops that are aesthetically pleasing and practical. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget the need to address both of these points when picking their countertop design and materials. Their mistakes can cost them down the line, requiring them to remodel yet again. Read on to learn about common mistakes homeowners make when picking kitchen countertops and how to avoid them.
Giving into Fleeting Trends
Countertop fashions come and go. As you browse your options, you may be tempted to hop on the bandwagon of a fleeting trend. Resist the temptation. Something that is considered stylish may not be considered so attractive in just a few years.
While it’s true that some outdated kitchen trends make a comeback, you’re better off going with a classic look. Materials like granite and quartz are reliable options that will stand the test of time in durability and appearance. You should also consider your unique preferences when making your final selection. Finally, research what options will increase the value if you resell your house.
Going Too Cheap
Kitchen countertops can be a significant investment. You might consider cutting corners and opting for cheaper materials or installation. However, this may backfire in the long run. Low-quality materials will wear down quicker and end up looking dingy. Eventually, they will need replacing much sooner—meaning you won’t even save much money in the big picture.
You also don’t want to skimp on installation and want to choose a reputable countertop installer. The main factor will be the material and size of the project. When considering costs, remember that there will be maintenance to account for as well. Granite kitchen countertops need to be resealed annually, for example.
Failing to Research Materials Options
You have many countertop materials available. Take the time to check them out. Options include granite, quartz, quartzite, stainless steel, concrete, linoleum, marble, and wooden butcher block. These materials differ in terms of appearance and durability (e.g., how easily they scratch or stain, how heat-resistant they are, etc.).
When choosing materials, further consider your kitchen as a whole. You want the countertops to integrate seamlessly and complement other elements like the flooring and backsplash. If possible, get a sample of the material you’re considering buying. You can take it home, see if it matches the surroundings, and even test it out hands-on.
Forgetting to Consider Sizing
Last but not least, ignoring sizing is a significant mistake when choosing kitchen countertops. The process of cutting countertops to precise measurements is known as “templating.” You want to oversee the templating process, which ensures correct sizing and allows you to control aspects like where the seams will appear when installed.
Thickness is another factor and our countertops are 1.25” which is 3cm’s thick. The height will influence the functionality of your kitchen countertop space. Talk to your installation contractor about sizing, including length and width.
The Final Word
The regrets above all share one key trait—they’re the result of trying to get kitchen countertops done in a rush. Instead of just jumping onto the latest trend or picking the first material you find, take your time researching and planning kitchen countertops. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms for ramping up real estate value, so you want to be confident in your choice.