January is considered “National Thank You Month,” and it’s no wonder! The holidays have passed, and things are starting to settle down for the upcoming year. As you think back over 2020, pause to consider the people and events that brightened your life and caused you to smile.

It’s no secret that 2020 was a rough year, but instead of getting caught up in the downsides, take a moment to think about the things you’re thankful and excited for in this coming year.

  • A wedding?
  • A new grandchild?
  • A great job?
  • Fantastic customers?

We have all been touched by loss recently, and we would like to say “thank you” to you, our loyal customers, from the bottom of our hearts. Your patronage has meant the world to us and our growing business, and with so many other granite fabricators out there, we appreciate that you keep choosing us to serve you.

One of the things you may be looking forward to in 2021 is a new kitchen or bathroom countertop for your home. Maybe you’re looking to add some beauty to your forever home, or you’re planning on moving and want to increase the value before you move. Either way, having reliable countertops is a fantastic choice for any homeowner.

Why are countertops so important?

Simply put, the countertops in your home can make or break the space. In the kitchen space especially, so much happens on a daily basis – it really is the hub of the home!

From a practical standpoint, if your countertops are cracked or chipped, they can harbor harmful bacteria that can make your family sick. When they’re hard to clean, it can be challenging to use them at all, so you end up taking over other workspaces nearby (the kitchen table, for instance) when you’re trying to make dinner preparations. That can cut into your kids’ homework space and make it difficult to have sit-down family meals.

For purely aesthetic purposes, beautiful and reliable countertops make the space more pleasant to be in. People want to socialize in the kitchen, and it’s easier to stand around and chat during meal prep time when the countertops are clean and clear. Having a beautiful kitchen space that you love also frees up a lot of mental energy, and that’s good for the soul.

What should I consider when updating my countertops?

When you’re thinking about getting new countertops, you should consider a few things.

  1. Your budget: There are many different materials available nowadays (more on that below), so you have a lot to choose from. Natural stone is always a gorgeous option, but there are several synthetic options that can mimic stone for cheaper if natural stone is outside of your budget. For your countertop remodel, look at what you can afford, and stick to your budget (and don’t forget to factor new sinks and fixtures into that number!)
  2. The maintenance: Different materials require varying levels of care, so you should keep that in mind. Solid surface, laminate, and quartz are all very low maintenance, but they differ significantly in price and durability. Natural stone countertops also vary considerably in maintenance and price (marble being among the most persnickety and pricey with granite being the least). You know your family’s needs the best of anyone, so consider how much time you can devote to resealing or using special cleaners before you make a choice.
  3. Durability: Your kitchen countertops take a lot of abuse, so you need to know that they can hold their own. Some materials are more durable than others, and the difference in price doesn’t necessarily reflect that. Granite is incredibly durable (scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant), and it doesn’t cost that much more than solid surface, which is not scratch, heat, or stain-resistant.

What are some popular countertop materials?

New countertop materials are hitting the market every day, but some will always be a popular choice among homeowners.

  • Granite: Granite is such a versatile and durable material that it can make just about any homeowner happy. It comes in a wide variety of colors that can connect multiple design elements flawlessly.
  • Marble: Marble is always a classic choice for any homeowner, though it does require a little more care than some other natural stones.
  • Solid Surface: Solid surface – commonly known as Corian – is a popular choice, also. It is low maintenance and can be installed without seams, unlike natural stone. Unfortunately, it is not heat, scratch, or stain-resistant, though it can be sanded down and refinished relatively easily.
  • Laminate: New laminate countertops are inexpensive enough to fit into any budget, but they don’t last as well as some other options. That said, they come in a staggering array of colors and patterns, some of which look very much like natural stone.

Your kitchen countertops contribute a lot to your whole house. They are where dinner preparations, socializing, and family bonding time occur, so it’s worth it to make sure that they are reliable and clean.

From our kitchen countertop to yours, we’d like to say thank you one more time. We look forward to working with you in 2021 as we muscle through challenges and move toward a brighter future.