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When it comes to choosing the right countertops for your home, the process can be overwhelming. You need to consider variables such as the material, color, texture, cut, durability, maintenance, and cost. To help simplify things for you, we've outlined five ways to get started on picking the perfect countertops for your home.

1. Consider Your Needs and Lifestyle

If you and your loved ones spend a lot of time in the kitchen, durability will be an important factor. For instance, those with toddlers and busy children may not want to invest in high-end marble or a bright white finish.

2. Pick a Stone

Granite is the most popular option because it comes in so many varieties, but for those in search of a more sophisticated finish, limestone, soapstone, and marble have a softer feel than granite. Wood finishes like butcher's block give a cozier feel, while concrete adds a modern touch.

3. Engineered vs. Natural

Countertops can be manufactured in a warehouse or sourced naturally from a quarry or mountain. According to a market report by Global Newswire, the natural stone market was worth $35,120.1 million worldwide in 2018. By 2026, its value is estimated to be $48,068.4 million. This indicates growing demand for natural countertops. Natural stones tend to have a more unique look, while engineered countertops offer more variety and customization.

4. Remember Maintenance

Marble and concrete countertops are harder to maintain, so if you don't have time for a lot of upkeep, consider a lower-maintenance countertop. For example, marble requires special cleaning, and concrete needs to be waxed regularly and re-sealed up to four times every year.

5. Choose an Edge

Countertops can have different edges. Square edges are usually the standard, but they can also be customized (beveled, rounded, bullnose, etc.) for a more styled look. The material of the countertops will determine what edges are available.

Once you have a good idea of your kitchen's needs and the look you're aiming for, you'll be able to narrow down the cost. If you're on a budget, know that you still have plenty of options. Have fun with the process, and keep this list in mind for future planning. We're eager to get started with you on your next project!