Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to Pick Countertops for Your Lexington Kitchen

Choose countertops that will work in your Lexington kitchen.
If you are thinking about upgrading your Lexington home's kitchen, you probably know that you have lots of options as far as which kitchen materials to use, and therefore you’ve got many decisions to make. As your Lexington real estate agent, I’d like to help you out with one of those decisions today, and that is which countertop material to use!

Kitchen upgrades can often increase the value of your Lexington home, if done correctly. This is a smart renovation to make if selling your Lexington home in the near future!

HouseLogic shared a detailed analysis of the most common countertop materials on the market, and the pros and cons of each. Here is a quick summary:
  • Quartz – Quartz combines natural materials with manmade materials to create the most durable countertop option! It’s almost indestructible and doesn’t require sealing. Cons: It’s more expensive and less heat-resistant than other options.
  • Granite – Granite is still considered the most popular choice among homeowners. It’s attractive and tough, resisting cracks, chips, heat and stains well. Cons: It’s not indestructible. It can chip, it must be sealed regularly, and it’s unpredictable design-wise.
  • Crushed Glass – This is a newer option, and it is stunning and durable. The glass is recycled, therefore an eco-friendly option. It doesn’t chip, scratch, stain or burn. There is no sealing involved, and it doesn’t fade over time. Cons: the corners could crack from weight, and acidic foods could eat away at acrylic.
  • Laminate – Laminate is still a popular option for its inexpensive price tag and its infinite colors and patterns to choose from. It doesn’t need special sealers or cleaners, it’s stain-resistant and it can mimic the look of any other material. Cons: It can crack, scratch and scorch, and it’s difficult to repair.
  • Tile – Tile is versatile, as you can make it look crafty or contemporary. It’s tough and easy to clean. It resists cuts, stains and heat. It’s easy to replace if cracked. Cons: It can easily crack, it’s an uneven surface that can cause accidents, and grout lines can collect dust and grime. Sealing is necessary.
  • Solid-Surfacing/Corian – This is made from acrylic, polyester resins, marble dust and more. It comes in many varieties, it’s nonporous and doesn’t need any special treatment. Scratches can be easily sanded. It can match the backsplash or sink bow seamlessly. Cons: It’s pricey, it scratches and burns easily, and it’s not eco-friendly.
For more details, along with price per square footage for each option, check out this HouseLogic article.

As you can see, there are many options! Feel free to call me, your Lexington real estate agent, to see what local buyers find most appealing. When ready to sell your Lexington home, or when ready to buy a Lexington home, contact me! I am here and ready to help you.

Theresa D'Antuono

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