Granite Alternatives That Won’t Break Your Budget
Granite countertops are popular in kitchens today, and with good reason. They’re durable, heat resistant, and come in many beautiful colors and patterns. But granite isn’t for everyone. If you need to update your kitchen with a countertop that won’t bust through your budget, or you just don’t want the natural stone look, there are plenty of granite alternatives available.
These countertop options are an affordable alternative to granite or marble, and most even offer the same durability and easy maintenance you’d enjoy with a granite countertop.
Affordable Granite Alternatives
Once known as just a cheap countertop material, laminate countertops have become more and more popular as they’ve improved. New finishes can give laminate the appearance of stone or wood, and sealants have made these countertops scratch-resistant.
Wood countertops come in many styles and finishes and are often a fraction of the cost of granite or marble. Butcher block countertops are durable and can complement any kitchen style, from cozy and traditional to modern and industrial.
Get the durability of natural stone without the cost. Tile countertops are affordable and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Consider using more decorative tile as a border around plainer, more affordable tile in the center.
This material serves better as a freestanding island than a full countertop if you want to save money, but the sleek finish is great for industrial look kitchens and is easy to keep clean and sanitized after food prep.
Acrylic countertops are heat and scratch resistant, and offers a more affordable option when compared to granite or marble. Most are finished to look like natural stone.
If you’re on a tight budget and need a quick way to refinish your countertops, consider painting them. Look for paints meant for countertops, and finish with a sealant to keep your countertops scratch-free and sanitary.
A more affordable granite alternative, soapstone has been used in labs for decades due to being heat resistant and resistant to almost all chemicals. That durability carries over to your kitchen!
This modern granite alternative is a great way to save money on your kitchen design. There are a number of stains and finishes available to get the look you want, so you can use concrete countertops to fit any design.
If you are a science geek, you might enjoy this article that helps you choose your kitchen countertop material through a scientific approach.
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