Kitchen renovations are common among homeowners. However, when homeowners think about a renovation in their kitchens, they realize that countertops are critical for a functional and beautiful kitchen. According to a 2021 Houzz Kitchen Trends study, countertops and backsplashes are the most popular (88% and 83%, respectively) upgrades a majority of homeowners feature in their kitchen renovation. Consider these questions when thinking about upgrading your kitchen countertops.
How Are You Going to Use Your Countertops?
Before you can select countertops, you must consider how you plan to use them. If your kitchen is used for a lot of food prep and cooking, you want to consider options that are easy to clean and will not stain. If you have children who enjoy cooking, this should be a key consideration. If you do not cook often, you may not be as concerned with how easy they are to clean.
How Much Maintenance Do You Want to Do?
Many beautiful countertop options come with many dos and don'ts for their care. Other options are much easier to care for and more resilient. For example, wood countertops require a particular type of oil every six months. Granite and marble must be sealed at least once a year. These requirements should be considered before deciding on a final material.
What Is Your Budget?
The price of countertops varies greatly depending on the material you select. It can range from $22 to $250 per square foot. Before you fall in love with a particular countertop, you must understand how much you can afford to spend. There are high-end and low-end versions of all materials. If you consider a lower-end version, you want to ensure you care for it properly. Looking at the materials may make you understand that you may have to pay a little more than you expected.
These are just a few questions you should ask before considering what material you want for your countertops. If you focus on some of these critical aspects, you should be able to select the best countertops for your needs. Once you have answered some of these questions, you can visit a countertop specialist to help you determine what you will need for your kitchen and countertops.