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Choosing Your Countertop Material: Things You Must Consider

Tue, May 16, 2017

Your kitchen is likely the center of your home. It is a gathering place, somewhere you entertain guests, and where you cook great food. With all the time spent in a kitchen, it is a great place to focus a remodeling effort on. While there will be a lot of choices that you need to make, one of the most important ones is choosing your countertop material. It greatly impacts the functionality, the cost, and the look of your kitchen; taking care in this decision is critical.

Functionality

Your countertop takes a beating. Cutting, chopping, and hot pans all can damage your countertop. Some materials like granite and stainless steel hold up better to this than others. Quartz and limestone are also alternatives that hold up well under this kind of abuse, but they all have their weaknesses. You can look at your kitchen habits and decide what is most important. A baker who deals with hot pans from the oven may lean towards a material that is more heat resistant, while accident prone cooks may want to make sure their countertops are less likely to chip.

Cost

The bottom line matters, and cost is always something to consider. While less expensive countertops may be less resilient, expensive countertops may just be out of your budget. This can be a delicate balance, as inexpensive materials may need to be replaced more often. Kitchen remodeling in San Antonio can be an expensive undertaking, and managing costs in all aspects of the project can be challenging.

Design Considerations

Every kind of countertop has its own unique look. The natural and unpredictable look of granite can enhance many spaces, but it might not fit the style you are going for. Stainless steel gives great durability, but it may be too industrial for your liking. It may be somewhat difficult to find a countertop that meets all of your needs, and a balance between all three criteria is going to be your best solution.

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February 2018 To the Shaw Company: Let me start out by saying the GARZA project has turned out to be a smashing success!!!!! Our kitchen, floors, and wall removal was a huge project and we lived to tell about it (hard to do with two toddlers and two dogs in the house!). But it would be remise of us not to mention what a positive and professional experience we had from start to finish with your company. Mr. Paul Colavecchia helped answer the millions of questions we had and gave us HONEST estimates about the work ahead. He showed up to help us in closing on our loan and kept the lines of communication opened at all times. Ms. Brittany Shaw and Gerrilynn Mohler helped us design everything and made, what felt like an overwhelming experience, into a positive and fun process. But it is with grateful hearts that we commend the team of incredibly hard working guys that made everything possible for us: • Jorge – the amount of effort he put into cutting and laying the floors in such a large space so they came out “just perfect” was a wonder to watch! Thank you! • Marcus – from our lighting, plumbing and appliance installation -he really puts in a hard day’s work – and all with a sense of humor!!! We appreciate the long hours! Thank you! • Roy – He took ideas for my “dream cabinets” and made them a reality! They are beautiful and efficient. Whether it is conversations or quality of work – when dealing with Roy the professionalism is of the highest caliber. Thank you! Lastly, what can you say about Rusty that hasn’t been mentioned already! He treated our home like his own home and that is hard to find. It may sound cliché, but my husband and I have waited a long time to take this house and make it our home, so it truly is a dream finally realized and Rusty was the man who made it happen for us. We are truly indebted to him. In closing, we feel very blessed that we found your company, but of course, you made it easy for us to choose Shaw. Since you gave us your respect and quality workmanship, we will be sure to give you the only thing we have to offer (and the most important) our future recommendations (and possibly more work!!). Take care.

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