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Set out to shop for granite countertops in your area, you will find that it is difficult to choose which granite is right for your countertops. How do you match a stone countertop to a wood cabinet? Do I choose the 50 shades of gray granite or a more subtle white granite to go with solid cabinets? After all, you want to love your countertops for years to come, not choose a run of the mill countertop that will be dated by the next season of HGTV.
Watching the DIY shows can be helpful in exposing you to options during your home remodeling project, but make sure you aren’t carried away with the hype. While a striking red glass countertop or a countertop made out of sliced oak dipped in resin may sound cool, it may not stand the test of time, both in durability and style. Choose a countertop that will stand up to your lifestyle, whether it is kids, entertaining, etc.
On the flip side, HGTV has done a great job of exposing consumers to the kitchen countertop options out there. Not only do consumers now have the courage to buy the more unique veined granites, they also are expanding their arsenal of style to include alternatives to granite countertops, such as the concrete countertops that are growing in popularity in upscale residences. Let’s explore some of the versatile kitchen countertop options, starting with granite countertops.
Tried and true, granite countertops are found in every new builder house, and are one of the most popular choices when upgrading your kitchen countertops. And, granite countertops are more affordable than people may think. While most kitchens will run into the thousands, even a large kitchen with islands and long countertops can stay in a reasonable $4000-$6000 price range. Granite countertops are durable, resist staining and marking (when properly sealed and cared for) and are overall a good choice for a kitchen countertop upgrade.
If you have been wandering the granite yards in search of the perfect color of granite and come up empty, you might be looking in the wrong place. One of the cons to granite countertops is the restricted options, with most granite yards offering limited choices to complement your home. The perfect countertop may not be granite countertops after all, it may be found in a growing kind of kitchen countertops – concrete countertops. While the name seems industrial, these countertops can be formed specific to your desires, in color, shape, size, and texture, something granite countertops can never achieve.
Want some free design advice? Tradewinds offers free granite countertop estimates and free concrete countertop estimates. Let us come out to your space and discuss the options to make your countertop as beautiful as can be.
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