When you’re starting a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, one of the main elements you’ll need to consider are your countertops. Although there are countless options, natural stone is the most popular. If you’re wondering what the right material is for your remodel, here are some tips that may help you decide whether to choose granite, marble or quartz.
If you want deep veins, both marble and granite may be the best choice. For a consistent pattern, look at quartz. Granite and quartz are available in virtually all color pallets where marble is typically white, grey or light beige. Choosing something that reflects the style you’re going for is key.
You’ll want to consider maintenance because if you don’t keep up with good maintenance you won’t like how your countertop looks in just a few years. Marble requires consistent cleaning. Even the smallest bit of tomato juice or wine on a marble countertop can leave a stain. If you’re religious about wiping down your counters, marble might be a good option. Granite is quite durable but needs resealing from time to time. Your remodeling company or granite fabricator will tell you when you should plan on resealing. Quartz requires little maintenance other than keeping it clean.
Although granite comes in at many price points, it’s often the most budget friendly. As you look at the granite options at your fabricator’s site, they’ll likely have them grouped by price per slab. They or your remodeling company will tell you how many slabs you need and will be able to choose something in your budget. Marble is often the most expensive option with quartz landing between the two.
Your bathroom has much less countertop than a kitchen. As such, it may not be a big design element which means you can go with something more dynamic, eclectic or even something very basic and not have it impact your overall design. When kitchen remodeling, your countertops are generally the second largest element behind your cabinets. If you want them to be the focal point, choose something bold. If you want them to balance out the rest of the space, consider a muted color or pattern.
Whether you’re remodeling your whole home or just have a kitchen remodeling project you want to get started on, call a NARI remodeler. They have greater remodeling experience than a general contractor or builder typically does. If you’d like help finding a remodeling company in your area, click here and see the NARI members serving your neighborhood.