Are you in the market for new kitchen countertops? Not sure what the best option is for you, your lifestyle, and budget? Investing in quality, durable kitchen countertops can help up the resale value of your home (and who wouldn’t want that in today’s market). Doing your research on the different countertops materials available is essential. For instance, did you know that solid surface countertops are lower maintenance and more cost efficient than granite or quartz? Don’t cross off certain options without knowing the full extent of their performance and value in the kitchen. Granite or quartz may not be the best option for your lifestyle or budget. Solid surface countertops may provide the durability and high end look that you are seeking without putting a huge dent in your pocketbook. Consumer Reports offers the following helpful tips to consider when shopping around for countertops:
- Decide how much you can afford.
- Read up on maintenance issues.
- Factor in your long-term prospects.
- Don’t overestimate your DIY capabilities.
For a more in depth look at the difference between the countertops available, check out the rest of Consumer Reports guide to buying kitchen countertops.