The simple answer is yes. According to a 2016 Houzz survey, among homeowners updating their kitchen countertops (71%), two in five choose granite or engineered quartz (41% and 40%, respectively). So while granite is still extremely popular, you can’t ignore the new trend toward quartz. Granite and quartz are basically neck and neck when it comes to current homeowner preferences.
Still Plenty of Countertop Choices for the Non-Conventional
Other insights from the survey include younger homeowners are more likely than those over 55 to opt for alternative countertop materials, such as wood, solid surface, or concrete. Here’s the breakdown for the top new materials in countertops:
- Granite – 41%
- Quartz – 40%
- Butcher Block/Wood – 9%
- Quartzite – 6%
- Marble – 5%
- Laminate – 4%
- Soapstone – 4%
- Solid Surface – 3%
- Concrete – 2%
What Factors Determine Decisions?
Look and feel and durability are the most common motivations for choosing a countertop material, far ahead of cost. Look and feel is most frequently cited for marble, while durability is cited for granite and quartz/quartzite. Naturally, the more affordable materials like laminate and wood are the most popular for homeowners on a budget.
Other Countertop Considerations
If you plan to be in your home for years, base your decision on what you want and what makes you happy. If you think you will be in the resale market in the next five years, you may want to stick to the crowd pleasers like granite and quartz to seal the deal quicker.
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, or any part of your home, you’ll need a reliable contractor. Check out our list of Kansas City NARI contractors.