Are you dreaming of new countertops for your hardworking cook space? Sears Home Services makes shopping for new countertops—as well as all the other items that go into kitchen remodeling—a snap, right down to a free in-home consult that lets you look at samples and design ideas in the space itself.
Today’s trendiest choices—granite, quartz, and solid-surface, all offered through Sears Home Services—can do a lot to breathe new life into a dated design and, at the same time, increase your home’s value.
• Granite is 100 percent natural stone, cut in slabs and surface-sealed for a one-of-a-kind countertop.
• Quartz, also called “engineered stone,” contains finely ground minerals combined with resins to create a lustrous, rock-hard surface.
• Solid-surface is a synthetic option manufactured of acrylic and polyester resins to create a soft, smooth, matte-like surface.
These sleek options can easily be the most expensive item in a kitchen remodeling project, so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them looking as good as new, even after years of use. While “each type of countertop has its own inherent properties,” all three will benefit from some “standard good-care practices,” says Joe Maykut, product manager for Sears Home Services. Whether you’re safeguarding your new investment or trying to treat your existing ones better, we can all learn something from Maykut’s professional advice. Start with these top eight tips.