Choosing the right type of countertops for your home is not only a significant investment — it is also a big decision! There are many options available when it comes to choosing countertops, and each type of countertop material has its pros and cons. Since countertops are such a statement piece, you may be wondering what type of countertop is best for your home. Don’t worry, Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz has got you covered!
We provide a vast array of stone slab selections tailored to every customer, and our team is full of experts in the natural stone countertop fabrication and installation industry. Choosing the right countertop for your home is a personal decision, but aspects such as your budget, the durability of the material and the desired style all need to be considered. Keep reading to learn more about the various types of countertops we offer at Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz to discover which one would best suit your home.
DEFINE YOUR GOALS
Is your countertop for the kitchen, bathroom or something smaller? Is it going to be placed indoors or outdoors? What colors and style would you like to have? It’s essential to define your countertop goals beforehand and take time to envision the final result. You should also consider how you will use your countertops and think about how much maintenance you’re willing to do.
NARROW DOWN YOUR OPTIONS
At Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz, it is our job to instill confidence in your next project, and we want you to feel comfortable with your countertop decision. All of the materials we offer are excellent, viable options — you just need to find the one that best fits what you’re looking for in a countertop.
Granite is a popular choice that is known for its robustness and variety of colors and textures. It’s a versatile option that works wonders in kitchens.
- Pros: Granite comes in 50+ shades, and each slab of the material is unique with varying lines, colors and patterns. Besides its natural beauty, granite is stain, heat and scratch-resistant. It is a durable and long-lasting countertop choice. Granite is a low-maintenance material that provides added value to your home and is a renewable resource free from harmful chemicals.
- Cons: Granite is a porous material, and if left unsealed after installation, it is prone to absorbing liquids. Granite is also heavy and can crack and chip if you are not careful.
Quartz is an engineered stone. Its small crystals bound with resin reinforce the resilience of the material.
- Pros: Quartz comes in a wide range of colors, including solids. It is a durable, low-maintenance material that is stain and scratch-resistant and easily cleaned. Unlike granite, quartz is a non-porous material and does not require sealing. Quartz is also lighter in weight and can be used in more difficult applications.
- Cons: Quartz scratches easier than polished granite, and it is not as heat-resistant as natural stone. Depending on where you are placing your countertops, you should be aware that quartz is not recommended for outdoor use.
Soapstone is made from quarried stone with a high talc content.
- Pros: Soapstone offers design versatility, ages well and changes color over time, which can be very attractive in certain kitchen styles. It is a non-porous, low-maintenance material that is both heat and water-resistant. Soapstone is easy to clean and easily repairable.
- Cons: Soapstone is a softer material, making it more susceptible to scratches and deep indentations. Therefore, you can not directly cut on this type of stone.
Marble is an igneous stone with a wide variety of colors and hues that brings an elegant look to your kitchen or bathroom.
- Pros: Marble is a durable and heat-resistant countertop material that maintains cool temperatures. Each slab of the material is unique with varying colors and designs.
- Cons: Marble is a porous material, and it can get scratched easily. Marble is not recommended for high-use kitchens.
CONSIDER YOUR BUDGET
When researching the best type of countertop for your home, our team recommends calling your local countertop fabricator to discuss pricing based on the countertop material type, rarity, color, texture and edges. This will help give you a good idea of what you may want.
We also offer the option of remnants. Remnants are leftover stone materials from a specific bundle that weren’t large enough for a full-size kitchen project. They are an inexpensive alternative that adds value to smaller projects like bathroom vanities, hearths, mantles, window sills, tabletops, etc. Our remnant pricing is very competitive and often allows the customer to bypass the minimum square footage requirements that our competitors and box stores have. If you would like to learn more about remnants, check out our blog, Remnants 101.
FINDING THE COUNTERTOP THAT SUITS YOUR HOME | BAD LIZARD GRANITE & QUARTZ
At Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz, our team takes pride in helping our customers find the countertop that best fits their wants, needs and ultimately, budget. If you want to look at samples and need help finding the perfect countertop for your home, please give us a call at 304-472-6483, and we would be happy to provide you with a personal tour through our facility. We have the largest indoor selection of natural stone slabs in West Virginia! Additionally, each week on our Facebook page, we will be featuring our slab of the week. Follow us on Facebook for countertop inspiration!