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The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Countertop: 5 Essential Factors to Consider

Five Important Considerations When Purchasing a New Countertop

Selecting the ideal countertop for your home is a significant decision that goes beyond mere aesthetics. With a plethora of materials, hues, patterns, and finishes available, the process can be daunting. Many homeowners enter our Inspiration Gallery with the expectation of making a quick decision, only to find the variety of choices overwhelming.

Our Design Consultants strive to assist in narrowing down your options, but ultimately, the choice rests with you. After all, it’s your living space! To aid in your decision-making process, we’re sharing five crucial considerations for purchasing a new countertop.

Trust Your Taste

While seeking opinions from family, friends, or even acquaintances can be helpful, remember that your preference takes precedence. This countertop will be a part of your daily life, so ensure it reflects your personal style.

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Harmonizing Style and Design

Your countertop should complement not only your kitchen or bathroom but also the overall design theme of your home. Whether you’re drawn to traditional elegance or bold modernity, there’s a perfect match for every taste. Consider versatile options like Unique Calacatta Black for a bold statement or Carrara Blanco for timeless elegance. For those who love a touch of glamour, a choice like Marin might be ideal.

If you’re not planning a long-term stay, consider a universally appealing option like Ice, which suits various settings.

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Understanding Material Types

Countertop materials vary widely, each with its unique advantages and drawbacks. At Lakeside Surfaces, we specialize in Quartz, Granite, Porcelain, and Caribou Wood Countertops, leveraging our 30 years of expertise. Other popular choices include tile, laminate, solid surface (like Corian and Wilsonart), marble, and quartzite.

Consider the practical aspects of each material. For instance, Quartz is heat-resistant, while Porcelain is heatproof, making it ideal for bathrooms where heat-styling tools are frequently used.

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Caribou Wood Options

The Importance of Edge Profiles

Edge profiles, often an afterthought, play a crucial role in both aesthetics and functionality. Think about how the edge will complement your design and how it aligns with your usage. Popular choices like Flat-eased Edge and ¼” Round over offer sleek looks, while softer edges like Bullnose or Half-Bullnose provide comfort for those who lean on their counters often.

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Care and Maintenance Requirements

Consider the maintenance demands of your chosen material, especially in high-traffic areas. Some options, like Granite, need annual resealing, while softer stones like Soapstone or Marble are more susceptible to scratches. Ensure the care requirements align with your lifestyle.

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We hope these tips empower you to confidently navigate through your countertop selection process. Ready to begin? Click below to schedule an appointment at our Inspiration Gallery and bring your vision to life!

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By incorporating these insights into your decision-making process, you’ll be well-equipped to choose a countertop that not only enhances your home’s aesthetic but also suits your practical needs and lifestyle.

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