When you’re thinking of remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom or you’re having a home built, picking out countertops can be the trickiest part of all.
Aside from the appliances, you’re going to be spending most of the money on this part of your kitchen/bathroom, so you need to be sure to go with the best choice possible.
There are several things to consider before making a final decision. Factors like durability and cost can play a huge role in the decision-making process. Be sure to think about these six things before finalizing any countertop plans.
1. Sample Size
Small swatches may work for paint, but for countertops, you need to make sure you’ve got a decent sample size so that you can really get an idea of what the room will look like with each and every option.
It’s always a good idea to ask about warranties before making a purchase. You need to know that if something should happen to your countertop shortly after installation that you’re going to be able to get it fixed/replaced. Even if that’s not the case, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into.
While certain countertop materials may look great, others don’t hold up well with water. Consumer Reports points out that some wood counters, Bamboo for example, can even change color over time. All good things to know before choosing a counter. You need one that works for your lifestyle and fits the vision for your home.
Don’t just think about what you want your room to look like, think about what you want it to feel like, too. Even years down the line. If you can live with a certain style even years from now, that’s the right fit for you.
5. DIY Options
If you’re upgrading and not building a home, consider things that you can do yourself to make your counters look new or at the very least, completely different. Here is a DIY countertop idea to get you in the home renovating mood!
Of course, cost is a major factor, too. Once you’ve thought about how durable a countertop will be for the price, you’ll be able to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. But, if your heart is set on the most expensive option (and you can afford it) go ahead and pick that one so you don’t regret not buying it later!
Well, get to researching because you’ve got a lot to think about. The perfect countertop is out there for you, just waiting to be found!
[h/t: Consumer Reports]