If you are updating your bathrooms, kitchen, bar, or outdoor entertainment space, one of your top priorities should be investing in high-quality countertops.  What does it mean to find high-quality materials? Unfortunately, most homeowners opt for the prettiest material, or the most fashionable product. But how do you actually choose the best fit for your home? There are many types of countertops in Dunwoody that you can buy, and just as many factors to consider so that you make the right choice for your kitchen. These factors include the appearance, durability, price, maintenance needs, and tolerance of everyday use. Here is a guide to help you make the right choice of countertops.


Needs

First, you should consider your needs. How do you plan on using your kitchen? Are you an avid chef? Do you like to host parties? How often do you eat and drink acidic foods that are likely to cause stains, including fresh citrus, red wine, and coffee?


Second, you should consider how often you use your kitchen. Do you plan on cooking almost every day? Do you want to be able to dine on your countertops and entertain guests in the kitchen proper, or do you prefer it to be a formal food preparation space you use on occasion? What about children or pets? They are likely to cause stains.


Material

Based on your answers to the above questions, you might want to consider marble kitchen countertops--a durable, heat-resistant material that can tolerate acidic foods with easy cleanup. You may also want to consider granite countertops in a color that hides stains, like tan or deep red. Other materials, including laminate and wood, are far less durable, and some are not even heat-resistant.


You aren't running a restaurant kitchen, though, so you will want practical countertops that also look beautiful. Granite is among the most popular high-end countertop materials because of its natural beauty. It comes in a variety of colors and detailing. Marble is a pricier but even more beautiful material that has gorgeous shine and, depending on the type, the illusion of slight transparency.


Marble and granite kitchen countertops also come in a variety of styles, from highly detailed and rich slabs with numerous colors mixed in--perfect for traditional kitchens--or minimal slabs that are low in veins and freckles and instead have a smooth, even appearance--perfect for contemporary kitchens.


Details

You can then choose from several finishing details, including the edge design. Create clean lines with flat edges, or add an elegant flourish with curved or bevel edges. You can even choose the finish for a variety of effects. Polished marble or granite will be shiny and somewhat darker, and honed countertops will have a unique matte look.


Countertop specialists can advise you as to how to care for your new countertops, from what you should use to wipe up stains to how often the product should be re-sealed. Because different products have different needs, you should be sure to ask about care and upkeep before you purchase a slab.


Price

The final factor to consider is price. Beautiful, durable, and long-lasting granite or marble will vary drastically in price depending on the appearance, origin, and rarity of the slab, as well as how you choose to customize it. Talk to professionals in marble and granite countertops prices in Dunwoody so you can find something appropriate for your budget.


Follow these tips to get the best-possible countertops for your new kitchen. You may even want to use a slab that you love in your bathroom or an outdoor wet bar. Though there are many types of countertops in Dunwoody, finding the right material is an exciting process. And, when you find a great fit, you will be satisfied by its appearance as it holds up for several years.