If you’re in the midst of a kitchen renovation, or just beginning the process, you’ve likely asked yourself which type of countertop will best fit your needs. At Prince & Sons, we often get this question from our clients and thought it would be beneficial to put together a quick countertop comparison guide to help you decide on a material for your upcoming project.
Granite is an incredibly versatile countertop material that’s typically categorized by levels (usually either 1 – 5, or A – E). These levels are based on rarity of supply and uniqueness of veining. Level 1 or A is the least expensive and the prices climb as you increase to a higher level. It’s important to realize that all levels of granite have the same durability and quality. As granite has become more readily available, the prices have become more competitive than years ago.
Granite is extremely durable and is able to withstand heat and water. One common myth surrounding granite is that it requires constant maintenance. This is simply not true. In fact, the only regular maintenance is cleaning your countertop, which is hopefully a part of your cleaning routine anyway. Granite vendors will suggest that you use a sealer every few years, but this simply involves spraying a liquid on your countertops and wiping it off. The sealer that we recommend is called Stone Care International and costs around $25 and can be found at either Home Depot or Lowes.
As you’re likely aware, granite is not the only option on the market. Below are a few other options available for purchase:
We hope this countertop comparison guide gives you a good sense of your options when it comes to upgrading your countertops. If you have any questions about any of the information listed above, feel free to reach out to the Prince & Sons design team today by phone at 919-383-0888, or through our online contact form.