Choosing the right countertop material for your new kitchen during the remodeling process can be a difficult choice to say the least. One of the most important factors to consider when choosing the right material is the lifespan of the countertop material. Being an expensive and highly utilized piece of the kitchen, you will likely want to ensure that you have the longest lasting kitchen countertop material possible. Thankfully, your local Alderwood kitchen remodeler is here to help guide you to the best decision.
1 | Natural Stones
In terms of longevity, some of the best options for your kitchen countertop come from a selection of natural stones. This includes materials like granite, quartz and Marble. Natural stones are extremely durable and can last in a kitchen for over 100 years, so you likely won’t have to worry about replacing them at any point.
One of the downsides, however, is that natural stone countertops are very expensive. As one of the more expensive options, it may not be affordable for everyone to install into their kitchens. Natural stone also requires proper maintenance in cleaning, polishing and sealing for it to reach its long lifespan. If not properly maintained, natural stones can lose their beautiful shine and color and give into the wear and tear of kitchen use, eventually needing to be replaced.
2 | Tile
Tile is another long-lasting, kitchen countertop material. There are many different types of tiles to choose from, but ceramic and porcelain tiles are among the best. Tile countertops have the same lifespan as natural stone at around 100 years. Tile is very durable and requires similar care to natural stone countertops.
One benefit that tile has over natural stone is that tile is a much more cost-effective material. The cost can vary depending on the type of tile you choose, but it is typically less expensive than a natural stone countertop.
3 | Wood
The final long-lasting kitchen countertop material is wood. Similar to both tile and natural stone, wood countertops can last around 100 years with proper care. Wood countertops are very durable and are even great for use with knives and other kitchen utensils. Another benefit of wood countertops is that you can easily refinish or stain the wood to change the color and look of it. If you choose to install wood countertops, then you’ll want to make sure to clean spills up as quickly as possible because wood countertops are very susceptible to stains. The cost of wood countertops ranges from moderate to expensive depending on the type of wood you choose.
Bonus | Concrete
We’ll give an honorable mention goes to concrete countertops. With a lifespan of half of the other three materials listed, 50 years is still a considerable amount of time for any household fixture. Concrete is extremely durable and tough, and it has the benefit of being able to be repaired if it is broken or chipped. On the other hand, concrete is rather expensive. As it won’t be saving you any money, it may be best to consider other kitchen countertop materials that will guarantee you a lifetime of use.
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