Countertop Trends: Granite’s Not the Only Game in Town

For several years, the standard for quality countertops was granite, and it was rare to see updated kitchens without it. Recently, several new countertop materials have appeared on the scene giving those remodeling their kitchen countless other options when it comes to surface space. Check out these popular granite alternatives-

Quartz-
Quartz is a less expensive option for countertops, and because it’s manufactured you can order the exact size you need. Quartz is a great countertop for those that want something that's durable, long lasting and easy to clean that needs little to no maintenance.

Soapstone-

Soapstone is a natural stone that contains talc, giving it’s surface a nice textured feel. Soapstone won’t stain, is heat resistant and is low maintenance- just clean with soap and water. The downsides? Because soapstone is quarried, most countertops made of it have visible seams. Soapstone is also not nearly as hard as granite so it’s more likely to scratch or nick.

Concrete-
Concrete is the king of customization as it can be poured to fit whatever size needed. If properly sealed, concrete counters are nonporous and heat and stain resistant.

Stainless Steel-
Stainless steel is nonporous, durable, and can be cut to any size and installed without seams. However, if fingerprints and smudges drive you crazy, stainless steel may not be the right option for you.

Lava Stone- 

Because Lava Stone is the newest kid on the block, it’s a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for. Lava Stone’s nonporous surface can handle heat and doesn’t stain or scratch. Lava Stone comes in a wide variety of colors too- great for making a statement.

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