Metro Atlanta Kitchen Countertops: Granite, Corian, and More

Posted by on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at 10:56am.

Kitchens are hot when it comes to home values, and they are one of the first rooms that homebuyers head to when viewing a home. If your Atlanta kitchen is reminiscent of decades past, you may want to put a kitchen remodel on the top of your list of things to accomplish for your home.

Aside from quality cabinetry, your kitchen countertops should be a focal point in your kitchen, and they should be both durable and attractive.  Luckily for you, there has never been a better selection of kitchen countertop materials available.

The price points, however, for many types of kitchen countertops can send anyone straight into sticker shock. Purchasing countertops for your Atlanta home will likely take a large chunk out of your remodeling project, but you will likely see a healthy return on your investment.

The following list is designed to give you a general idea regarding the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular countertop choices for today’s kitchens:

  • Laminate

    Don’t pass by laminate countertops just yet. They have certainly come a long way in the past few years, and many are downright attractive. Laminate countertops are one of the least expensive countertop choices, and are easily installed.

    Laminate countertops also come in a beautiful array of colors and styles, and are quite durable. They are not, however, heat resistant, and they are prone to scratching. Because the color does not go all the way through your laminate countertops, a scratch is often quite noticeable.

  • Granite

    Perhaps one of the most popular choices for today’s kitchens, granite is a natural stone that can be extremely dramatic and stunning. The color variations of natural granite are quite attractive, and so is the fact that they are extremely durable and resistant to heat, scratches and cracks.

    Granite, however, can be quite expensive (often $75 or more per square foot), with exotic granite countertops costing well over $150 per square foot. In addition, they require yearly sealing to maintain their beauty and luster.

  • Quartz

    Quartz countertops, which are actually quartz composite and are often sold under brand names such as Silestone, offer many of the same benefits as granite, as they are extremely durable and resistant to cracks and scratches. The color variations of quartz composite countertops can also be quite beautiful, and can be found in a nice variety of colors. Quartz, unlike granite, is almost completely nonporous, thus eliminating the need to seal and wax it. Expect to pay top dollar for most types of quartz countertops.

  • Solid Surface

    Solid surface countertops are also an extremely popular choice for today’s kitchens, and are sold under brand names such as Corian and DuPont. Solid surface, while generally more expensive than laminate, is usually much less expensive than natural stones.

    Many buyers choose solid surface because of its durability and its wide range of colors and designs. In addition, because the color of solid surface goes all the way through the countertop, a scratch is often less noticeable than it would be on a laminate countertop. Also, most scratches can be easily sanded or buffed out of solid surface countertops.

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10 Responses to "Metro Atlanta Kitchen Countertops: Granite, Corian, and More"

Cary real estate wrote: That is so true that when it comes to buying a house the first things that buyers want to see and make sure everything is ok is Kitchen. Kitchen is the most important part of a house. Wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances are like most important assets in real estate business. As a realtor I would always want a house with all these features in my house so I am not surprised if my buyers look at these points. I like your article you have included all the points very carefully and all tips are very helpful Good Luck!

Michael McLaughlin, Cary real estate

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 9:10pm.

onur yapĂ˝ wrote: corian is wondeful ,we can do everything with corian

Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 4:27pm.

Granite-sealer wrote: yes, today granite is the most popular choice. I agree it is quite costly but granite is available in wide range of attractive colors therefore people are ready to go for the granite.

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 7:09am.

Cary real estate wrote: Very true... I always look first in the kitchen, I want my kitchen to be spacious and clean looking, lots of cabinet to store all utensils, easy to clean counter top an is resistant to heat and scratches and have good windows. But it is also true that it will takes bulk of your budget for remodeling a kitchen, but it is really worth. Cheers, Michael McLaughlin, Cary real estate

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 5:42pm.

Melissa wrote: Speaking as someone in the kitchen remodeling business, this is a great summary of the available countertop options. You've done a wonderful job putting together a useful and informative website here.


Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 6:16pm.

Tina Fountain wrote: Hi Melissa,

Thanks for your comments, I just visited your site and it looks great. Lots of good information on different types of granite.

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 6:26pm.

Twinkle Toes wrote: I got a granite countertop for my master bathroom at Lowes from a place called Jackson Stoneworks. It only took about a week to get it, and came with all the splashes and the sink. Really good value.

Posted on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 9:04am.

Val wrote: As a granite countertop fabricator, is nice to hear from all homeowners, no matter if they're buying or selling their homes- how happy they are with the added value granite countertop adds to their home.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:02am.

Orange County Granite wrote: Yeah I would have to go with either quartz or granite

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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 10:36am.

Kitchen Benchtops wrote: At present granite is the most popular choice of kitchen countertops. It is durable and adds to the style of the kitchen.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 8:12am.

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