What countertop material is best for your Herndon kitchen update?
This article was featured on Houselogic.com and written by Lisa Kaplan Gordon. Photo from Jackson Design & Remodeling.
Countertops are your kitchen’s tough guy, but they have to look good, too. Here are six of the handsomest, most durable countertops on the market today.
Want a hardworking countertop that fits your budget? We took a look at six of the most-durable countertops based on a recent “Consumer Reports” test.
After a thorough exam, we’re ready to let you in on why you should — or shouldn’t — install them in your kitchen.
1. Quartz ($40 to $100 per square foot)
The durability winner is quartz, the man-nature combo countertop. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness.
Quartz is almost indestructible under normal kitchen prep conditions. It laughs at knife cuts, and, unless you take a sledgehammer to it, it won’t chip or crack. It’s stain- and bacteria-resistant, and it doesn’t require sealing.
You pay a lot for quartz, and it’s not as heat-resistant as less-pricey materials like granite and crushed glass. Seams can be noticeable, especially if you use lighter colors, and it can discolor over time in direct sunlight.
Also, quartz can look ultra-contemporary and cold, so it may not be the best choice for a traditional-style kitchen.
2. Granite ($40 to $100 per square foot)
Granite is still considered one of the top must-have home features, according to a survey of prospective homebuyers from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Its natural beauty often is eye-popping, and granite easily fits in any style kitchen.
Granite is tough. It resists cracks and chips, and you can place a hot pot on it without catastrophe. If you apply sealer annually, granite stands up to stains.
It’s tough but not indestructible. An accidental clunk with a wine bottle can put a chip in the edge, which you’ll have to polish down. If you don’t seal religiously, oil can seep into the stone and you’ll have to apply a poultice to get it out.
Design-wise, granite can be unpredictable. Natural variations in stone can result in countertops that don’t look exactly like the sample. Also, it can be hard to hide seams in granite countertops, so be strategic about where you put them.
3. Crushed (Recycled) Glass ($60 to $120 per square foot)
This relative newcomer to the countertop market is as stunning as it is durable. Glass is recycled from beer bottles, traffic lights, and windshields, making it an eco-friendly countertop choice.
There are two basic styles to choose from: When set in acrylic, the glass looks like it’s floating in a lake; when set in cement, the glass creates a shimmery mosaic.
Crushed glass counters don’t chip, scratch, stain, or burn. They’re nonporous, so they don’t need sealing, like granite. Crushed glass doesn’t fade over time, like quartz.
If you place something heavy on the corner of a crushed glass countertop, it may crack. Acidic foods, like citrus juices, can eat away at the acrylic if you don’t wipe them away quickly.
Price can be a “con.” Where you can pick up a low-end granite for $40 per square foot, crushed glass starts at $60.
4. Laminate ($10 to $40 per square foot)
Laminates are a paper-plastic product that tops several layers of Kraft paper with a resin impregnated with near infinite colors and patterns.
The price is right for this chameleon-like product that can mimic everything from wood to granite. It doesn’t need any special sealers or cleaners, and it’s stain resistant.
Laminates crack, scratch, and scorch more easily than the countertop materials it resembles. It’s also a bear to repair.
More important, many buyers avoid laminate in droves. A study from the National Association of Home Builders says that 40% of prospective homebuyers would be unlikely to buy a house with laminate counters.
5. Tile ($5 to $30 per square foot)
Tile countertops can look crafty or contemporary, making them a beautiful and versatile countertop material.
Tile is tough and easy to clean. It resists cuts, stains, and heat. And if a tile cracks, it’s easily replaced.
Tile also comes in an infinite number of colors and styles. You can mix and match to achieve a unique look that makes your counter one of a kind.
Tile easily cracks if skillets and pots are accidentally dropped on it. It’s an uneven surface that can make glasses, plates, and cutting boards wobbly and unstable.
Unlike stone surfaces, you can’t roll out dough on a tile countertop. And grout lines are common catchers of dust and grime; if you don’t keep up on annual sealing, they’re a great medium for bacteria growth.
6. Solid-Surfacing ($35 to $100 per square foot)
You probably know it as Corian, but that’s just one manufacturer of this solid-surface countertop that’s made from acrylic, polyester resins, and even marble dust.
Solid-surfacing comes in many patterns and colors. It’s nonporous and doesn’t require special sealers or cleaners. Scratches are easily sanded out. It can be molded to include a seamless backsplash or integrated sink bowl.
It’s pricey, and it doesn’t have the charm of granite or quartz. It scratches and burns easily. Plus, it’s made of non-renewable resources, it’s energy-intensive to manufacture, and it’s difficult to recycle — not a great “green” choice.
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I love pizza! It is one of my favorite foods. We saw this new restaurant coming in near our home in Herndon and we were excited. Pie Five states on their website that they create custom, personal pizzas with quality ingredients in only 5 minutes. It does a few minutes more than as the store has only open a few weeks and the staff is still learning, but it is worth it.
I ordered the Pesto Chicken Alfredo and added bacon. :) The toppings include Alfredo sauce, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and then basil pesto drizzle. Once the pizza is cooked (it cooks very quickly) they drizzle the basil pesto and add a dusting of parmesan, garlic and spice flakes. It is super yummy! If you like the crust softer, then it will be perfect. If you like it really crisp, you will need to ask them to leave it a little longer.
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In an article recently published in the Re+View real estate magazine, Herndon's Mayor discusses big changes planned for the town of Herndon. In a town once known for its small dairy farming industry, the proximity to the rail line helped foster its economy. Herndon once again hopes to ride the local rails to economic success. The new Phase II of the Silver Line includes a stop in Herndon. This should help elevate the town on many levels. At least that is what the Mayor and Town Council are hoping for.
Mayor Lisa Merkel is quoted saying that they have just rebranded and are proud of the new position statement. "A next generation small town pulses off the edge of Fairfax County. Turn off the highway and find yourself in a place that welcomes innovators, risk-takers, history seekers and family-keepers. This is where the roots of the history help to grow the ideas of tomorrow."
The town of Herndon is a walkable urban place. The trails are awesome and have recently installed lighting along the Washington and Old Dominion trail. When you are on the W&OD, you are in Herndon when you reach the lights.
The future master plan includes development of multi-family, retail, restaurants and office use. Mayor Merkel says they want Herndon to be knows as "the Next Generation Small Town". With the new Silver Line coming into town, the Mayor hopes to attract people who can easily walk to town from the bus and metro stops.
The article lists some great accolades that Herndon has received: Best Place to Raise Kids, Bloomberg Business Week. One of America's Friendliest Towns, Forbes.com. Best Places to Live, Money Magazine, CNNMoney. Best Places to Live for the Rich and Single, Money Magazine, CNNMoney.
There are many cool events that happen throughout the year in the Town of Herndon. You can find a farmers market, the Herndon Festival, Friday Night Live concerts (free concerts all summer long on the library lawn), ArtSpace Herndon, historic train depot, Christmas tree sales (where Elvis buys his tree!), Jimmy's Old Town Tavern and many other shops and restaurants. One of my son's favorite spots is Green Lizard Cycling. This shop mixes his 2 favorite things; bikes and coffee. Check it out: http://www.greenlizardcycling.com/.
Some cool statistics about the town:
If you have questions about homes for sale in Herndon, or buying or selling a home in Herndon, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am a 12 year Herndon resident and I love my town! I can be reached at 202-409-7513 or LAnies@HomeDCMetro.com.
Article written by: Jill Parker Landsman, NVAR Vice President, Communications & Media Relations (Re+View magazine - Jan-Feb 2015 edition) Photo Credit: http://www.herndon-va.gov/
I am a lot of things to many people. In the business world, I am a Realtor, consultant, marketer, sales rep and a co-worker. In my personal life, I am all those things listed to the right plus more. But who am I to me? Thus begins my journey for the year. The three things I really want my life to be about in 2015: 1) Being made new every morning; 2) Seeking; 3) Winning the day, everyday.
The Bible says "we are new every morning". I have been focusing on this statement of scripture lately because I am not a "morning" person and I tend to lose track of my day easily. I am not sure if you can relate but this is a real struggle for me. It is a new day, each and every morning. So even if I blew it yesterday, today is a new day. By blowing it I mean, didn't eat the proper foods, didn't exercise, didn't get enough work in or was just plain lazy.
Some of my goals for 2015 have been about health and fitness, like most people early in the new year. But this year has to be a different year for me. My one focus word for the year is "seek". Seek means to attempt to find or attempt or desire to achieve. My goal is to "seek" everything. For example, I want to seek better daily habits such as getting up early before everyone else to have a quiet time or meditate. I want to seek better relationships by surrounding myself with like minded, goal oriented, positive people in my personal and business life. Seek God first in everything that I do. Be a better friend. Be a better wife. Be a better mother. And the list goes on and on. But one "seek" at a time. :)
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