Alternatives to Granite Countertops
For years, the hot ticket item for kitchen and bath remodels was a granite countertop. Even today, it’s the top choice for a kitchen countertop, and there are just tons of patterns to choose from. However, if you’re the kind of person who likes to stand out from the crowd, there are quite a few alternatives to granite countertops.
Contrary to popular belief, marble is not always the most expensive material. Marble is available at many price points, and the vein work creates a stylish, elegant look. However, marble is more prone to etching than granite and needs a little more TLC.
When done the right way, tile countertops can have a timeless appeal and add texture to the kitchen or bathroom. No matter what color and shape of tile you choose, go with a darker colored grout to avoid constant scrubbing.
Travertine is a great alternative to granite, partially because it is less expensive. It also has natural variations and striations like granite, so no two countertops will look the same. Travertine comes in a variety of warm colors.
This material is dark with very thin, light veining throughout. The dense soapstone gets its name from its texture, which feels smooth and soapy. It’s easier to maintain soapstone than marble, but it’s still a little fussier than granite.
Engineered stone, also known as quartz, is a durable countertop material that’s hard to damage. It’s made of crushed quartz and other materials bound with resin, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Unlike some of the natural materials that have significant variation in textures and colors, quartz is going to be very consistent in both regards.
Wood butcher block countertops are becoming increasingly popular. This style of countertop gives a warm, rustic feel, especially if you have white cabinets. They are relatively inexpensive, but they can stain and scorch.
If you’re in the Denver metro area, contact Niron Depot and schedule an appointment to come visit the showroom. You can check out all of our countertop materials, and our experts will help you decide which is best for your remodel.