By Justin Bravo from Lone Star Contractors, the WOAI.com remodeling expert
SAN ANTONIO - When people first think about remodeling their kitchen, they envision many things, but the one item that stands out more than others is their countertops. So it’s 2010 and you might be wondering what are the latest and greatest options for your kitchen counter. While there are many options available, granite counters are - by far - the most popular and remain on the top of the wish list for a large majority of homeowners.
Whether you are going for a contemporary, rustic, country, modern, or any other type of look for your kitchen, granite simply works. Its popularity is attributed to not only its good looks but also its durability and longevity. While it’s not easy to predict remodeling trends, it’s a safe bet that granite countertops will not look outdated in the near future. Since granite is a naturally occurring stone, each slab is unique, and even if you pick the same style as your neighbor’s kitchen, the counters will not have an identical look. With a vast choice of styles available, finding a style or color to accent your kitchen and home is extremely easy.
Granite is also a popular choice for kitchens because of the durability of the surface. Knives and other cutlery will not scratch or leave marks behind. Extreme heats from pots and pans will not damage the finish or blemish the surface. The surface is also easy to clean and with an under-mount sink installed, wiping down your countertops is a breeze.
Granite countertops are becoming much more affordable and usually only cost 30% more than a high quality laminate. They can also be viewed as a green option for your kitchen due to the lack of heavy manufacturing, their longevity, and their ability to withstand changing kitchen trends.
So, are granite countertops still on top? Well you can be the judge of that, but I believe they are and will remain that way for the near future.