People love to dramatically change the appearance of their home, whether it's to increase value before selling or for their own pleasure.
And one of the best ways to do this is by overhauling the kitchen!
It's a serious investment to reno such a major room in your home. In fact, the average kitchen renovation costs between 10,000 and 25,000 British pounds!
One of the most important considerations is whether to get custom countertops to finish the aesthetic and create a functional space.
So, what are the best options?
A lot of people think granite is the best way... but there are some fantastic alternatives to granite countertops you should definitely consider. Read on to find out what they are.
Five Alternatives to Granite Counter-tops
Here's our rundown of the five best alternatives to granite.
We've mapped it out from durability, functionality, to aesthetic appeal. Whatever the needs are for your unique design, we've got you covered.
1. Solid Surfaces
When it comes to countertops for kitchens, Solid Surfaces are arguably one of the most beautiful, durable, and convenient out of all available worktop materials. It can also be cheaper than granite in many aspects like fabrication to even installation costs.
We would love to say that there is a flipside to the surface, just not to sound bios, but we just can’t. Solid surface worktops should definitely be a top consideration when looking for alternatives to granite worktops
Just some of this surfaces attributes.
- 100% hygenic and non-porous surface. Making it easy to maintain and also making it impervious to staining.
- You can achieve seamless joints, for that uninterrupted and sleek look.
- Heat, scratch and impact resistant. However, good worktop practices should still be followed. Like using hot rods, cutting boards etc..
- Under-mounted sinks and drainer grooves are simply achieved onsite during installation.
- It is also a repairable surface. So if in the unlikely event something does happen, it is easily repairable even as a DIY project.
- Warm to the touch.
These are just a few of solid surfaces great attributes, but for more info and our take on the differences between a “Solid Surface” and a “Composite Worktop” view this article and to simply check out what Solid Surfaces we offer view here
We have put this down as a granite alternative but we would not suggest this as a top consideration. Soapstone gives a beautiful, classic aesthetic to any kitchen. It's also a natural stone and one of the popular alternatives to granite countertops.
As far as maintenance, it's more durable than marble but still slightly less hearty than granite.
If you're willing to take care of your countertops by occasionally oiling the surface and being careful of scoring, this can be a great choice.
And even though it's a durable natural stone, it comes in more colors than marble. So no matter what colors you're looking for in your kitchen, you can tie in a choice of soapstone worktops.
You can find soapstone in shades of green, grey, and blue. It also features similar veining to marble for an always unique appearance.
Some other pros of soapstone are:
- Heat resistant
- Increases home's value
- No sealant required
- Stain resistant
You can see why it's a popular, natural alternative to granite.
When it comes to alternatives to granite countertops, wooden countertops are one of the most distinct looking.
Nothing has more character in a kitchen than a large butcher block like worktop!
If you have a cabin type style or rustic appeal to your home, wood can fit right in with your decor. The coloring is also great for creating warmth in your home.
And while wooden countertops can get marked and scratched, they're easily sanded and refinished. This is a great consideration when comparing wood to stone, which can be much harder to refinish when blemished.
In addition to its naturally warm appearance, there are several types of wood to choose each with their own attributes, strengths, grain and colour tones (So do your homework first (Or simply ask us for some advice):
- Maple (EU)
- Cherry (EU)
- Oak (EU)
- Beech (EU)
- Teak (Africa)
- European Walnut (EU)
- Wenge (Africa)
- Sapele (Africa)
- Zebrano (Africa)
- American Walnut (US)
- Ash (EU)
The biggest con to consider when it comes to wood is it will require sealing and slight upkeep to protect against water damage. However A quarterly oiling with Danish oil will do the trick.
Quartz wins the award for most durable material to use for your kitchen worktop.
And bonus: There are some beautiful types of quartz countertops on the market in almost every color.
Because of its popularity when it comes to countertop choices, manufacturers have created a large selection of quartz. So when it comes to the look you're going for in your kitchen, you won't be limited if you choose this material.
Yes, quartz is one of the most expensive choices on the market.
But if you decide to invest your money in quartz, you can rest assured you'll get:
- Attractive appearance
- Large selection of styles
- Selection of colors to fit any decor
- Hearty durability
- Non-porous surface
- Stain resistant
5. Stainless Steel
If you're going for a sleek modern look in your kitchen, stainless steel is a great way to finish the aesthetic.
Stainless steel is one of the cleanest and hygienic worktops to have in your kitchen when it's properly taken care of. This is because it's not porous at all, making it impossible for bacteria to accumulate when it's kept clean.
Another bonus if you don't have to fear any spills. Your beets, wine, oils... and any other substance you may worry about on a porous surface you can have no fear about while working on your stainless steel.
This makes it a great choice for people with families as the kids can have free range without ruining the countertops.
And stainless steel is totally heat resistant!
You can set down any hot pots, pans, or food items without worrying about compromising the integrity of the surface.
There are limits to stainless steels durability, however. It can scratch or dent if you don't take care of it.
One last semi-odd pro tip: If you're working with a small space, the reflective surfaces of stainless steel can help create the illusion of a larger kitchen.
Next Steps to Kitchen Bliss
If you're about to overhaul your kitchen, you're in good company. Kitchen remodels are the second most common type of remodeling done by homeowners across the country.
Now that you've considered the alternatives to granite countertops, are you ready to order the perfect fit for your kitchen remodel?
Check out our large selection of kitchen worktops -- We bet we have exactly what you're looking for to complete your functional and beautiful kitchen.