Countertops 101: It Goes Beyond Granite

The kitchen is one of the biggest and most important elements of your custom Nashville home, and the countertops you choose are a central part of your dream kitchen. Most families plan to do a lot of cooking and entertaining in their kitchens, and want a beautiful, functional countertop to match their needs and their tastes.

At Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a custom homebuilder in Hendersonville, we work with homebuyers to choose every detail of their dream homes, and have plenty of suggestions and advice to offer in choosing building materials and finishes. When it comes to kitchen counters, don’t think you’re limited to granite – there are a wealth of options on the market. Consider a few of the most popular and their pros and cons:

  • Granite: It’s one of the most popular choices for a reason: it’s natural, beautiful, and holds up well to wear and tear. Granite does need to be sealed every so often to protect it from stains, and your cabinets will need to be sturdy enough to support its weight.
  • Quartz: Made of resin and quartz chips, this surfacing material offers natural beauty with a smooth, durable finish that’s easy to care for. It is a manufactured product, so if you want a truly natural look, this won’t be your top option.
  • Marble: One of the most elegant, natural materials in history, marble stays cool and is heat resistant. However, marble can be prone to staining, chipping, and scratching, even if it’s regularly sealed.
  • Soapstone: A bit more rugged than granite, soapstone offers a warm, subtle beauty that ages well. However, it needs to be oiled and may be susceptible to cracking or scratching from knives. It also can scuff your dishes due to its roughness.
  • Glass: An appealing material for the eco-conscious, glass countertops are usually made from recycled materials and can be tinted any color. Thicker is better – one-quarter to three-quarter inches is a suggested thickness.
  • Stainless steel: Used in restaurants for years, stainless steel has recently become trendy for home kitchens as well. It’s completely customizable and gives your home a contemporary, industrial look, and it’s virtually indestructible – but fingerprints show up easily and it can dent.
  • Butcher block: This material offers a warm, rustic appearance and gives you built in chopping boards all over your kitchen. But it must be disinfected regularly and oiled to keep it in tip-top shape.
  • Tile: For the creative, tile offers a wealth of design options – and if one breaks or chips, it’s easier to replace a single tile or two than an entire countertop. But it can be an uneven surface, and grout needs to be sealed to resist staining and bacteria growth.

No matter what your taste in countertop design – your dream kitchen is easily within reach! Contact Arthur Rutenberg Homes today to find out about designing your dream home.

By |2018-10-05T15:17:22+00:00May 27th, 2014|Decorating ideas, Home design|0 Comments

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