3 Things to Think About When Choosing a New Countertop

kitchen-countertop-edmontonReplacing the countertops in your home is a great way to revamp any space. The options are almost limitless – so where is one supposed to start?! If you’re considering redoing the countertops in your home, read on for a few things to keep in mind to get the process started.

1. Determine How Much Material You Need

The first thing you should do before choosing an new countertop is determine how big your countertop actually is or will need to be. Once you know the square footage you’re working with, you can select a material that fits within your budget. To find the square footage, measure the length and width of the surface and then multiply them together. Now, this measurement assumes that you’re dealing with a perfect square or rectangle, which is rarely the case. For irregular shapes, add or subtract areas together to get your final square footage. Make sure to allow for some wiggle room in your measurements. You don’t want to be short on material!

2. Choosing the Right Material

There are a few different approaches to this tip. Your new countertop material needs to not only fit with the design of the space, but it also needs to work within your budget and offer you the functionality you’re looking for. With so many options (quartz, granite, marble, and limestone – just to name a few), it’s crucial that you are aware of your options before you buy.

Function – Countertop Maintenance and Durability
Depending on where your new countertop is going to be installed, different materials will suit your needs better. Think about the difference between a bathroom or a kitchen countertop. In a bathroom, you need to make sure your countertop can withstand constant moisture, while in a kitchen, you need something that will be durable and withstand stains and scratches.

Design – Countertop Style and Aesthetics
It’s important to choose a countertop material that matches the look and feel of your space. If you have a more traditional style kitchen, you may want to stay away from more modern options, and vice versa. Countertops are not something that you change regularly, so it’s recommended you opt for a more timeless look. This is especially important if you plan on selling or renting out your home, as you’ll want to stick with a material and color that has a broad appeal.

3. Edging Options

There are a number of different edging options to choose from – each one offers it’s own small addition to the overall look and feel of your space. The most common edge is a squared edge. These are found on standard countertops and look great in traditional or modern spaces. Decorative edges, such as radius, bullnose, bevel and egg, are a great way to add a custom touch; however, decorative edges are generally more expensive and aren’t available on all countertop materials.

If you are interested in redoing your countertops, contact the team at Stoneworks Granite and Quartz. Our selection of natural stone options is sure to impress. Call us for a free quote today!

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