Complete Your Kitchen Remodel with a Gorgeous, New Countertop
The Right Countertop Can Make or Break a Beautiful Kitchen
At near center between your floor and your top cupboards, your countertop can tie your kitchen together or split it right in half.
The experienced designers at Mr Bid can help you choose the best color, pattern and stone to complement your cupboards and meet your food prep needs. Choose from our large selection of kitchen countertops including, granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, laminate, and even concrete!
Never Choose a Countertop on Looks Alone
When choosing a countertop, it’s important to think about how you will be using your kitchen space, especially for meal prep. From there, cost, maintenance, and durability are all important considerations to selecting the best countertop material for your kitchen. That being said, keep in mind that every type of counter has its pros and cons. Here are just a few of them:
Granite has excellent heat and scratch resistance. Knives and hot pans won’t harm it, although we don’t recommend cutting on it or placing a hot pan on it for very long. There are a lot of colors available and no two slabs are alike. Small samples are not 100% accurate to the full slab. You’ll need to see the full slab to make a final buying decision. Granite countertops are easier to maintain, although lighter grains will need several coats of sealer. Granite can be very affordable, ranging from $35 to $55 per square foot.
Marble is bright, clean and timeless. It’s also a very affordable kitchen countertop choice. However, Marble is among the softest and more porous options, making it easy to scratch, gouge, and stain. It’s excellent for working pastry, but no place to set a hot pan or let the kids do their homework.
Quartz countertops are a dazzling, manufactured countertop. It is available in a wide range of colors and designs. Quartz is non-porous, so it resists stains and scratches much better than marble, granite, and concrete. And, it will not harbor bacteria or viruses, so you can rest assured knowing your countertops are an ideal place for food prepartion. One con for quartz is that it is not very heat resistant, so hot pads are a must.
Quartzite looks like marble and comes in a variety of colors, but it’s a lot easier to care for. Simple soap and water is all it takes to make it look beautiful. Quartzite is on the hard side of natural stone, so in terms of durability it’s a good choice for countertops. However, in terms of scratch and heat resistance, you’ll need to be careful not to set hot pans on it or cut on it. Additionally, some variations of quartzite will need to be sealed on a regular basis.
Laminate countertops are relatively inexpensive and have been installed in kitchens since the 1950’s. Installation is pretty easy for a DIY’er and its low cost makes it an excellent choice if you plan to redecorate every few years. Laminate countertops come with a list of cons to consider. Hot pans can stain and melt it, it scratches easily, and it will not add much to the resale value of your home.
Concrete has become a popular and trendy countertop option. It has a rustic, industrial appeal and adds a certain visual interest to your kitchen. However, concrete counters come with their own list of concerns. Concrete counters are very porous, making them susceptible to stains. They absorb liquids, can promote bacterial growth and unfortunately, even with regular sealing, do not maintain their original finish. If you love the rustic look and appreciate the imperfections that will develop over time, a concrete counter can work beautifully for you.
For more help deciding what kind of countertop is best for your kitchen, come to Mr Bid. We’ll be happy to talk about your kitchen renovation project and guide you in the countertop material and color that will complement your new kitchen style!