Renovating your kitchen can be a very time consuming and exhausting process. With all the options available it can be hard to decide what to invest in. Between flooring, cabinets, appliances, these are all areas you can definitely invest in. However one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your kitchen and add value to your home is to replace your kitchen counter-tops.
There are many different materials that you can choose from when it comes to Ottawa countertop replacement, but here is a quick rundown of the top three most popular materials.
Laminate is one of the most basic and inexpensive ways to replace your kitchen countertops. Composed of a particle board base and a synthetic overlay, it requires very little maintenance and can be cleaned with as much as a damp rag. It is also much less labour intensive to install and can actually be done over a weekend if you are a do-it-yourself type of person.
Granite is definitely the big choice for those looking to add incredible value to their home and attract luxury buyers. It does require the application of an annual sealant, but this protects your granite from scratching and marks. The big issue with granite however is the initial cost of the actual slab, and installation is the biggest hurdle for many. Investing in this type of countertop though, will always yield a great return on investment and is highly recommended for those looking to raise their possible purchasing price. Our new kitchen looks great! many clients have exclaimed
The last major countertop material out there for you to consider is quartz or engineered stone. It’s a natural stone, much like granite; however there are several key differences. First of all, quartz does not require an annual sealant to be applied on an annual basis. Quartz is basically 95% coarse granular quartzite stone that has been held together with a polymer and thus is already sealed to prevent stains from appearing. Secondly, and also very important is that quartz is very non-porous when compared to granite, and incredibly heat and stain resistant. The price is very close to granite, however the savings due to no annual maintenance, and the increased durability make it worth it.
Whatever kitchen countertop material you decide to go with make sure you do the correct market research to make sure a professional contractor is installing them, and that they are as qualified as they need to be.