Nowhere in the kitchen undergoes quite as much wear and tear as the countertop. It's important the surface is durable, but you probably also want it to be aesthetically pleasing. A custom countertop allows you to meet both of these demands and more. However, before you can achieve the kitchen of your dreams, you need to choose between a slab and traditional tile as your surface material.
Availability & Options
Both are available in sought-after kitchen countertop materials like granite and quartz while tiles are also available in ceramic options. The huge variety of color and pattern options makes it easy to find the perfect finish for any design scheme, so it's largely based on personal preference. Slab countertops offer a seamless, modern look, while tiles provide a more customized, artsy appearance.
A common deciding factor for many homeowners is the price. Even when pursuing a custom countertop, you want to stay within your budget. Slabs are typically priced higher than their tile counterparts because they are cut as one seamless piece. However, an intricate tile design requires more skill and takes longer to install, which can increase installation expenses.
Another aspect to consider is durability. Tiles offer the benefit of single-piece replacement, so, if damage occurs, only the affected pieces need to be changed out. Slabs are prone to corner and edge chips, but these can easily be repaired. However, more extensive damage will require the whole unit to be replaced, which is far more expensive than purchasing a few tile pieces.
You should also consider your future plans when making your decision. While both styles provide a gorgeous finish, buyers are typically drawn to slab options, especially granite countertops, than tile versions. If you're planning to sell in the future, you might achieve a higher return on investment with a slab.
If you're looking for a custom countertop that's unique, affordable, and durable, turn to the experts at Rino's Tile & Stone. The locally owned and operated business has built a reputation throughout the Anchorage, AK, area for their reliable fabrication and installation of high-quality slab and tile products. Learn more about their selection of top-notch materials online, and get personalized design assistance with your project by calling (907) 742-1075.