Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Alternatives to Granite Countertops

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Alternatives to Granite Countertops
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dollar for every real estate listing that touts “granite countertops” as the end-all, be-all of kitchen work surfaces?
The truth is, the popularity of granite kitchen countertops is ebbing, shifting toward materials that are sturdy yet stylish.
While we hesitate to pile on yet another decision for you to have to make during the remodeling or purchasing of a home, here are a few of the most in-demand countertop finishes.
Quartz countertops are perhaps the most popular alternative to granite. Durable and attractive, quartz is glossy and easy to clean. It doesn’t require sealing, which is a big reason so many homeowners are turning to it.
Quartz comes in a range of colors too, but your biggest concern may end up being whether that glossy shine works with your kitchen décor.
If your aim is for a sleek look, consider soapstone countertops. The material is nonporous, so it won’t absorb nasty bacteria, requires no sealing and clean-up is a snap.
You will need to oil and buffer these countertops, especially during the first month after installation, to keep them looking and functioning their best.
If you’re going for the green in your new or remodeled kitchen, consider installing bamboo countertops. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource, it doesn’t require harmful glue and it’s actually stronger than steel.
You’ll find colors that range from light blonde to deep, mahogany brown. Bamboo scorches and stains easily, however, and it’s easy to nick it with just the chopping of an onion.
Mix up a batch of water, sand and cement and you’ll end up with concrete. The antithesis to a green surface (making concrete countertops and distributing them is energy intensive), concrete countertops are nevertheless rising in popularity.
These countertops must be sealed to protect the surface and increase their durability but they can’t be beat for their versatility. Whether you want your new kitchen to be sleek and modern or country rustic, a concrete countertop may help create the right vibe.
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Comments (2)

Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning Norma. I am seeing a lot of Quartz countertops and even some concrete ones here is the Coastal Bend along with Granite of course.  My husband learned how to do concrete counter tops and that is what we have in our condo.  They are great because you can make them in any color-but the install is a back breaker!  I didn't realize you didn't have to seal Quartz!  I wish I would have known this prior to putting in our granite!  Great post, have a great day!

Sep 28, 2021 06:52 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brenda J. Andrew I know I was a little shocked too when I found out.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sep 29, 2021 05:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... I am seeing more demand for quartz and quartzite in lieu of granite. But I'm not seeing any real trends towards other material versus granite.

Sep 28, 2021 09:18 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker I have to agree with you on that one.  We are opting for quartz in our new home.  Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sep 29, 2021 05:04 AM