Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Top 10 counter top options

Quick! What kind of counter top is this?

EcoTop counter, from apartment therapy DOT com-ny-kitchen-choosing-kitchen-countertops-pros-cons-147495

Most people probably guessed "granite".  Designers and foodies might have said "soapstone" because the counter in this picture is lacking granite's shiny gloss. At first glance, this counter could also be Caesarstone or Silastone, two popular faux granite surfaces. But these guesses are all wrong. What is it?

It’s EcoTop, a new player on the already-full stage of available kitchen counter top materials. EcoTop is a bamboo & paper composite, is available in a variety of colors, and comes with a 15-year warranty. Manufacturer KlipTech says

EcoTop is comprised of a 50/50 fiber blend of 100% post consumer recycled fiber and rapidly renewable bamboo fiber, then bound with a clear 100% water-based system. EcoTop® is a repairable/renewable surface with water absorption of less than 1%, making it impossible to permanently stain. This is a highly scratch resistant product that will withstand up to 360 degrees F.

Wondering which counter top material is best for you?  Here’s a starting point – a concise review of kitchen countertop options with pro’s and con’s for each.

Are you replacing your kitchen counter tops so you can sell your home? Aside from painting the home, replacing kitchen counter tops is one of the biggest bang for your buck remodeling jobs you can do to spruce up a home for re-sale. But, it's easy to go overboard and "over-improve" for your price range. For instance, a $60,000 home in a 40-year old neighborhood does not need 2-inch thick slab granite counters in the kitchen; it's overkill and you won't get your money back when you sell.

Feel free to contact us for advice on which type of counter top is likely to entice the most potential buyers in your price range and neighborhood. We've been helping buyers, sellers and investors in the metro Phoenix area for a combined 13 years and are always happy to offer advice based on what we see selling... and failing to sell.

Image credit,  ApartmentTherapy.