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The Benefits of Installing an In-Ground Pool

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A backyard pool is the envy of everyone during the summer, and in some areas, is also practically a necessity (more on that later). For many people though, a backyard pool may seem like an unnecessary luxury. Others see a lot of extra work cleaning and maintaining it. However, when considered from the point of view of your home’s value and your family’s health and amusement, an in-ground pool can be a good investment and home improvement project.

As this article is about in-ground pools, we’d like to offer our professional opinion about above-ground pools before we get started: don’t buy one. They offer little or no value to a home and some experts believe that they decrease a home’s value by 1-2%.

In-ground pools and your home

If you are going to invest in an in-ground pool, go with materials that last. This means that pools with vinyl liners are out, as the liner must be replaced periodically. Pools lined with gunite or fiberglass, however, are very durable and much more likely to add value to your home. To be a worthwhile investment, you must also maintain the in-ground pool during the length of your ownership. If managed properly, an in-ground pool can increase your home’s resale value by up to 6%.

Here are two other considerations about in-ground pools are climate and neighborhood. First, if you live in a warm-weather state, an in-ground pool is likely to see a lot of use, and therefore be a more attractive feature for your home. Homeowners in states with shorter warm seasons throughout the year should think more carefully about investing in an in-ground pool, as their usage is more limited.

Second, your neighborhood might just be the most important determining factor. If many (or most) of the homes around you have an in-ground pool, then installing one is a good idea to remain competitive when it’s time to sell. In neighborhoods where pools are rare, the choice becomes harder. On the one hand, having the only pool around can make it an attractive amenity. On the other hand, many prospective buyers may see it as a luxury they can do without and opt for a cheaper home without a pool.

In-ground pools and your family

This is an easier decision. When it comes to family, pools are about entertainment, exercise, and enjoyment. The kids will love being able to cannonball into the water anytime they like, and you’ll find the pool is a wonderful draw for guests. With all the fun, it might be easy to miss the benefits of easily available exercise, but they are very real. Whether swimming laps or playing Marco Polo with the kids, your pool activities are sure to make you healthier and happier. As long as you and your family are prepared to accommodate the maintenance requirements for an in-ground pool, you won’t regret it.

In conclusion, in-ground pools can be a good investment when they match both your lifestyle and resale value goals. At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including in-ground pool installation, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your in-ground pool installation a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Get Your Home Ready for Summer

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Summer is the time of family vacations, lazy days at the beach, backyard barbecues and warm, cozy evenings. For many homeowners, however, it is also a season of bugs, intense indoor temperatures, and even worse utility bills. To help you enjoy all the fun parts of summer while minimizing the problems that make it unpleasant, we’ve put together some of our favorite tips. By following these simple suggestions, you can summer-proof your home and make your leisure time more comfortable.

  1. Schedule a home energy audit. Before you make any changes or improvements, it’s important to understand how efficient (or not) your home energy usage is. Whether you conduct the audit yourself or hire a professional, you’ll discover how to prioritize your summer projects. We recommend this guide for homeowners who want to tackle the audit themselves.
  1. Improve your insulation. We always worry about hot air escaping through windows or under the door during the winter, but rarely think about the opposite during the summer. Don’t let the air conditioning leak as well. Adding insulation prior to the summer is a smart and efficient way to cut costs and increase comfort.
  1. Upgrade your windows. Following the logic from point #2, replacing old windows is an excellent way to minimize both the loss of cold air and the entry of solar heat. The initial investment will cost you, but over time, new windows can pay for themselves by reducing energy bills. Check out our recent article on window replacement to learn about the best season to do the job.
  1. Choose the right AC unit(s). This is probably your biggest summer-proofing decision, and could also be the most expensive. The truth is, you don’t almost need the biggest, most powerful air conditioner. In fact, they can run your bills up without providing a commensurate benefit. The same goes for small units – they may work too hard to cool a space and cost you big. To avoid these hazards, consult a professional about the most efficient air conditioning solutions for individual rooms or your home as a whole.

Of course, these are all solutions that will cost you time and money. Before you tackle any summer-proofing project, we recommend having a family meeting. Discuss what temperature is tolerable for your home’s interior. With a little creativity and a few fans, you might find that your need for a new air conditioner is not as great as you initially thought. However, if temperature and cost control are a must, then we recommend the solutions list above.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, summer-proofing projects, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your next summer-proofing project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Why You Want a Deck for Your Home

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For many homeowners, an outdoor living space such as a new deck can seem like an unnecessary improvement. After all, there are many other parts of your home that need a remodel first, right? However, unless an update is necessary to continue living in the home, we invite you to consider this.

When it comes to increasing a home’s value and adding more usable space, a deck can be one of the smartest investments you can make. Not only will it add value and entertain the family, but it may also save you money by replacing other, more costly remodels. In this article, we’ll explore some of the benefits that installing a deck can bring to your family, as well as what it can do for the value of your home.

The value of a new deck

Decks are among the top 5 improvements you can make to your home in terms of ROI. Remodeling Magazine’s reports that 85% or more of the cost of building a deck are recovered when the house sells. This kind of dollar-for-dollar return is rare and means that you can enjoy a new part of the house virtually risk-free. Another point to consider is that building outside is almost always cheaper than indoor construction because fewer accommodations must be made. Finally, a deck can be a major selling point for a home. The high ROI aside, many realtors report that when prospective home buyers see a home with a deck, its appeal increases. This means you might be able to sell your home faster than normal.

The benefits of a new deck

With a deck, your options for entertaining friends and family take on new dimensions. It’s easy to imagine cozy even drinks, afternoon barbecues, and morning coffee on your new deck. Regardless of the type of material you choose (wood, PVC, composite, etc.), accessorizing your deck is fun and easy. Basics like chairs and tables are deck essentials, while unique items like a pizza oven or hot tub let you customize your deck experience. No matter what sort of deck you add to your home, you can be sure the kids, friends, neighbors, and relatives will love spending time there.

DIY or hire a professional?

Unless you are a skilled builder or handyman, it is almost always faster and more reliable to hire a professional. Professionals have the experience, knowledge, and proper tools to install a durable, long-lasting deck that fits seamlessly with your home. Though you will pay more upfront for a professionally-installed deck, the reduced maintenance and sturdy construction mean lower costs over time. Finally, there is no danger of the ‘trial and error’ problems that come with DIY jobs.

So, if you’ve been considering a deck for your home, we hope this article provides some insight into the value and enjoyment such an addition can bring.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including deck construction and repair, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your deck installation a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

9 Outdoor Projects to Tackle This Summer

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The steady summer weather makes it a perfect time to continue your home improvement plans – outdoors, of course. When you aren’t relaxing by the pool or taking care of the kids, there’s plenty of time to tackle those jobs you put off during the cold winter and rainy spring. Many of these outdoor projects are DIY, but others will require professional assistance. Here are 9 ideas to get you started on your outdoor home improvement plans this summer.

  1. Revive the lawn. The proper application of time, water, and fresh seed can make your yard thrive in all but the driest conditions. The most important aspect of lawn care is consistency. Once your lawn is healthy, you can start on a landscaping project, which we’ll discuss in a future article.
  1. Clean the gutters. Though this is not the most exciting project, once it’s done you’ll be relieved. You can do the job yourself, hire a professional, or invest in a gutter guard product. Whichever route you take, it is sure to save you from the stress and costs of replacing gutters and the damage broken ones can lead to.
  1. Wash the siding. Just like a new coat of paint can transform a room, power washing the siding is an easy way to enhance the look of your home. Consult an expert before undertaking this project however, as not all siding materials are suitable for power washing.
  1. Make a game area. Whether it’s a horseshoe pit, soccer goal or turf area, creating a dedicated space for games is a great summer project. Consult your family about what they would use most, then get to work. This can be a DIY or professional job, depending on your desires.
  1. Plant a garden. We discussed indoor gardens in our article about kid-friendly projects. During the summer, you have a fresh opportunity to start a garden. Whether you use raised beds or just clear a few square feet of lawn, planting a garden during the summer is a fun activity that will produce food through the autumn.
  1. Make a fire pit area. If the game area we discussed above isn’t something your family would use, another option is to install a fire pit. First, clear an area that 4 to 8 people can sit in comfortably. Then, purchase a freestanding fire pit or hire a professional to create a permanent fixture in your back yard. We promise you’ll love the cozy evenings!
  1. Start a compost bin. If you’ve already started a garden, a compost bin is an excellent complementary project. You can buy one at any garden center, but you can also build them yourself out of a barrel or spare lumber. Compost bins are great way to educate the kids about the importance of caring for their environment.
  1. Add solar lighting. Lining your walkway or driveway with solar-powered lights is a fun summer project you can tackle in just a few hours. Solar lighting is practical and beautiful. You’ll save on utility costs and avoid tripping in the dark, while the illuminated paths will look great at night.
  1. Remove weeds for good. You can enlist the whole family to help out pulling weeds from cracks in the driveway and between sidewalk stones. Once the weeds are pulled down to their roots, consider filling in the cracks with a sealer product. This should prevent weeds from returning to those areas for several years.

Bonus project: if it is just too hot for working outdoors, retreat inside and remove some wallpaper. You can enjoy the air conditioning and prepare a room for an exciting update.

While you should focus on having fun this summer, it’s also a great time to get some home improvement jobs done. We hope this list gets you started!

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including outdoor projects, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your next outdoor home improvement projects even better, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Renovation Tips: What to do Before Construction Begins

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So, you have decided that you will be undergoing a home renovation. Congratulations! The process is very exciting and a bit stressful at times. As a construction company, we thought we would provide some renovation tips to help you prepare before the construction crew sets foot in your home.

Keep the bare essentials. If you are undergoing a renovation in multiple rooms of your house, we recommend taking some time to sort through each room. Pack up things that you know you will not need to use during the duration of the construction and move objects you do need in an accessible location. If you can, move the boxes of objects you do not need to a storage area away from the main flow of the house. This will ensure that the construction crew and your family will navigate the hallways and rooms of your house in a safe manner.

Use rolling storage units. An option for items you need to be accessible during a renovation is to place them on rolling storage units. They are easy to move around the house and quick to spot an item that you need.

Amp up security. You should be able to trust the construction crew you have tasked with your home renovation. The extra security precautions is to defer criminals from entering your home since they notice work is going on.

Consider your privacy. Prior to construction beginning, think about your personal routine. What time do you shower? Consider adding privacy screens or room dividers between work areas and private rooms. Move your belongings to better fit the schedule of construction before it starts to keep things running smoothly.

Protect your children from work areas. Construction zones are extremely dangerous for children. You should ensure that they stay out of the areas by placing safety gates at every entrance near the work area.

Notify your friends, family, and neighbors. Construction can be very stressful as your entire home is uprooted to produce a better final product. Try to think about what everything will be like once construction is done. If you ever need to step away to relax, shower, and cook a meal, ask your friends, family, and neighbors if you can stop by their home.

Don’t forget about your pets. If you have any pets, they might become frightened by the construction crew and noise going on. Consider having them stay with a friend during the duration of the construction period.

Morgan Contractors understands that home remodeling is an emotional and financial investment. We are well experienced in local building codes in New Jersey and work with only licensed and experienced partners. No remodeling job is too big or small; please contact us when you plan your next home improvement project.

Get Your Kids Involved in Imaginative Home Improvement Projects

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This week we decided to cover remodeling jobs not specifically for homeowners like you, but for your children. While the kids might ‘help’ you cook on your new countertop or enjoy the open floorplan, it’s important to create space in the home just for them. What’s more, they should be involved in the process making these updates. Below are some easy ways to get kids involved, teach them a little bit about home maintenance, and of course, have fun.

Kid-friendly home improvement projects

  • Create a craft space. Setting aside a small part of your home for arts and crafts and other creative adventures can help kids explore new activities. We suggest choosing a corner of the attic, basement, laundry room, or porch for this project. To start, you’ll want to find some cubbies to store art supplies, an easel, and a height-appropriate table or desk that you don’t mind getting dirty. You might also want to let the kids paint the walls around the craft space to really personalize the area. A chalkboard on the wall is also a great way to get added value out of the space.

Bonus for parents: this upgrade might just save your dining room table or kitchen counter from scratches, paint, and other accidents.

  • Paint the playroom. As we mentioned in a previous article, painting a room is one of the easiest ways to bring fresh energy to a living space without spending a lot of money. It’s also a lot of fun to get the kids involved. If you want to create a kid-friendly space, painting is the place to start. Get some paintbrushes (watch out for rollers) and let them help you pick out the colors for their playroom. They may want to paint scenes of animals, clouds or anything else they are interested in. They’ll love the activity and will learn valuable skills for when they have a home of their own.

Bonus for parents: when it comes time to sell your home, a quick coat of paint is all it takes to ‘fix’ this simple home improvement.

  • Plant a garden. This is one of the most popular home improvement projects for kids. It can be done indoors or outdoors and can be as big or small a project as you want. Kids love getting their hands dirty, handling seeds and gardening tools, and of course, the food that they helped to grow. One of the most educational and exciting kid-friendly home improvement projects out there, it’s going to get its own post this summer. For now, consider either an indoor herb garden or a small 4×6 raised bed outside. These will keep kids busy and provide new fun every day.

Bonus for parents: you’ll have some fresh produce on hand, and there are few things more satisfying than eating food your family raised.

As you get the kids involved in various home improvement projects, you’ll also find that they are good helpers when getting rid of extra stuff. Whether you enlist the kids to help you put on a yard sale or haul the junk from the attic, you’ve got a support team on hand with a lot of extra energy. For more ways to get kids involved in home improvement projects, check our blog in the coming weeks.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including kid-friendly upgrades, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your kid-friendly home improvement projects even better, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

4 Quick, Easy and Affordable Bathroom Updates

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A total bathroom remodel can be an expensive project and, often, isn’t necessary. It is possible to give your bathroom a beautiful makeover that you’ll love with only a few small updates. In this article, we offer 4 easy ways to update your bathroom that make sense for your space and budget. We’ll also show you how to rank your updates so they don’t make future updates for difficult. With these 4 tips, the bathroom you always wanted is within your reach.

Try a new paint job

Painting is a classic way to freshen up space without intensive renovations. With the right choice of color and texture, your bathroom will feel like new. Whether you choose a solid color and texture or something more complex, painting won’t take more than a day or two. Painting should be your first or last priority. It should come first if you are only making small accent updates so you can decide what works best. It should come last if you are making more significant changes such as replacing a vanity or tub (see below). Even if you have wallpaper, you can still paint the trim for a whole new look. Remember, there’s no right or wrong choice for paint color. All you need to do is decide what you like and the kind of statement you want your bathroom to make.

Give your bathroom an accent (or three)

Another simple way transform your bathroom is an update to the accents. Consider changing the hardware, accessories, and light fixtures for a subtle new look. Items such as new cabinet and vanity hardware (handles, knobs, etc.) will make old items feel fresh and fun. Adding extra towel racks or hooks provides convenience and more ways to use your space. New light fixtures above the vanity, shower, or door can add a modern look that changes the way you see the bathroom. With new lighting, you are generally limited to the existing fixtures. This means you can make lighting updates any time during your bathroom makeover.

Bonus Tip: redoing the floor tile can be more time-consuming than you think. Check out our recent article on replacing floor tiles before you commit to this update.

Don’t forget the vanity

A new vanity or vanity top will transform the look of your bathroom and the way you use it. The vanity is the centerpiece of your bathroom and used more than anything else. While it is a bigger update than new hardware, a new vanity can provide a true transformation. The vanity top is also a big decision. Check out our recent article on counter tops to find the material you want. Consider this update first so you can plan other items, such as painting and lighting, around the vanity style.

Update the medicine cabinet

This makeover goes hand-in-hand with the vanity update. It is also one of the most practical changes you can make. If you are like most people, your medicine cabinet needs a cleaning. Replacing the medicine cabinet can provide more organized storage space as well as a bigger mirror for daily use. They are easy to mount and, like the vanity can transform the way you see your bathroom. Do this update at the same time as the vanity update. In some cases, the vanity and medicine cabinet come as a set. For a more eclectic look, consider choosing different (though complementary) styles.

In conclusion, you don’t need to replace the shower, tub or flooring in your bathroom to enjoy a fresh new space. Minimal updates, like those above, can give you a ‘new’ bathroom without the headaches or cost of a total remodel.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including bathroom renovations and makeovers, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about our bathroom upgrade services, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

5 Ways to Use Space and Make Wash Day Easier

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Wash day can either be a frustrating hassle to get through or a streamlined and painless (we won’t quite say enjoyable) process. It all depends on the available space and how you use it. Wash day pros already know how to make the most of their space, but the rest of us could benefit from a few tips and tricks.

To help you gain control of your laundry room, this article gives you 3 easy ways to be more efficient with the space you do have, and 2 convenient ways to add the extra space you need.

Be more efficient with your current space

  1. Sort and store for sanity. Boxes and baskets are your allies on wash day, so use them often. Their convenient ‘ability’ to separate and compartmentalize different small items, articles of clothing, linens, and cleaning products is invaluable. Most boxes are also stackable, which allows for an optimal use of space and will give you the pleasure of knowing everything is in its place.
  1. Hooks and lines aren’t retro. Your grandparents hung their laundry to dry and you can too. Running a few clotheslines above your washer and dryer is an effortless way to creates additional space for drying delicate items. Hooks placed liberally around the laundry room will ensure that you always have a spot to hang essential items or just laundry bags you haven’t gotten around to yet.
  1. If it’s big, keep it close. Wash items such as linens and comforters are tasks all their own and can create multiple trips upstairs for storage. Save yourself the time and energy by setting aside a dedicated space to store these bulky items. Shelving and cabinets are good options, as are chests, whose lids also provide additional surface area for folding or storage.

Bonus tip: If you are still struggling to find space after implementing the 3 ideas above, then it’s time to get real. Look around your laundry room. Anything in it that you don’t use every single wash day should be moved elsewhere. Avoid using the laundry room as storage for other household items.

Discover new space for wash day tasks

  1. Custom shelving is worth it. Once you experience the freedom of extra shelves that utilize otherwise wasted wall space, you’ll be glad you made the investment. They don’t have to be expensive either. Extra shelving and cabinets will free up the other areas, especially folding and sorting spaces, and make your job easier. Don’t forget to grab a step stool for those high-up, but super convenient top shelves!
  1. Create the surface area you want. A flat, dedicated place for folding can make the whole process run more smoothly. Whether you have front or top-loading machines, there are convenient options available. A small table next to the dryer is a great start, and a foldable countertop attached to the wall is a very economical way to get extra space when you need it. If your machines are side-by-side, you could even install a flat countertop right above them for the ultimate workstation.

Bonus tip: Keep it bright, clean and fun! By monitoring the amount of clutter, you can maintain a relaxed state of mind while working. You could also consider painting the room a clean white or bright yellow to make it a more pleasant place to be. And don’t forget the music! There’s no reason that wash day must feel like a chore.

You may already be using one or more of these tips. If you are ready to go beyond boxes and truly optimize your laundry room, we can transform yours into an efficient space that you’ll love to work in.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including space-saving upgrades and laundry room makeovers, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, insured, and reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about our laundry room upgrade services, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Pros and Cons of Different Countertop Materials: Part 2 of 2

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Welcome back to our series on the pros and cons of different countertop materials, and some helpful advice on how to pick the right type for your home. In our first article, we reviewed the qualities of quartz, laminate, concrete, recycled glass, and marble countertops, and their variations, prices, and ease of installation. Today, we’ll look at five more materials to give you a complete picture of the most common countertop choices.

Tip: though we give our professional opinion on prices, current availability, and the vendor you choose will have an impact on cost, so do your research and call around for the best quote!

  1. Granite is one of the go-to choices for homeowners who want a functional surface (especially for cooking) with an elegant look. Granite is available in a huge variety of colors and patterns, which means you can usually find it in a composition that matches the style and palette you want. Two caveats: granite cracks and chips easily when objects are dropped on it, and it is also on the pricey end of the countertop material spectrum.
  1. Butcher block is an excellent option for those looking for a farm-house style look. The distinct natural wood appearance is elegant and understated, and sure to stand out while entertaining. There are many varieties of wood to choose from – which are worth an article all their own – so you can find a color and texture that suits your decorating scheme. Butcher block is not as resilient as other materials, Water can damage the wood over time, and the surface is ease to scratch and dent even during normal use.
  1. Solid surface is the term for a countertop material that emerged in the 1950s and resembles natural stone, but is homogenous throughout, which means better durability. DuPont’s ‘Corian’ is the prime example, but unlike solid stone, is non-porous and much more resistant to impacts. Now, 60 years after the solid surface was introduced, there are endless color and pattern choices. It is also easy to install as it (generally) does not require sealing. Just remember to avoid exposing solid surface countertops to intense heat as they can be damaged easily by high temperatures.
  1. Tile is not just for floors – it can be a functional and decorative option for countertops. With tile, you can customize the look of your counters for a different but appealing style. Tile is also relatively inexpensive when compared to other materials. As any homeowner with tile knows, however, tile is prone to cracking and replacement tiles and grout are time-consuming to replace. Expect to work on a tile countertop more often than those of other materials.
  1. Travertine is a compound material of natural stone and cement that has become an attractive countertop choice in the last decade. It is durable, smooth (thanks to the addition on concrete) and easy to cut and shape. Travertine is also very affordable and widely available. Despite the broad benefits of travertine, it is not an ideal choice for people who cook frequently as it is highly reactive to acids (such as citrus juices) and stains easily.

We hope these articles, and the 10 most common types of countertops we explored, were useful and can help you make a tough decision about your home décor.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including countertop installation, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliance, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about our countertop materials and installation services, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Pros and Cons of Different Countertop Materials: Part 1 of 2

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If you’ve ever remodeled your kitchen or bathroom, then you know how difficult selecting the right kind of countertop can be. Beyond selecting a countertop style that works with the rest of the room (and one that you can live with for years to come), there are many other considerations. Issues such as durability, cost, ease of installation, resale value, maintenance, heat resistance and availability all need to be considered.

This will be the first of two articles that explore the pros and cons of different countertop materials. First, we’ll look at quartz, laminate, concrete, recycled glass, and marble. Next time we will examine granite, butcher block, solid surface, tile, and travertine.

By the end of this series, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to make an informed choice on this important, and often difficult, remodeling question.

  1. Quartz is the most durable countertop surface you are likely to find. That’s right – it’s even stronger than granite or marble. It also looks beautiful and can be sourced in a variety of different hues. Of course, being both incredibly strong and beautiful means quartz carries with it a high cost, so do the math before you buy. Also, for those who love to cook, quartz is less heat resistant than most other countertops.
  1. Laminate is a quick solution for a countertop material if convenience and affordability are top priorities. It is the cheapest countertop material and can be cut and installed quickly and easily. On the other hand, a laminate countertop is quite easy to damage. It also adds little to no resale value to the house. We advise using laminate as a temporary solution or for homes where the kitchen sees limited use.
  1. Concrete may seem like an unusual material for a countertop, but it has many excellent properties. First, concrete countertops can be tailor-made for each owner, which allows for some interesting customization. It is also weather-resistant, which makes it a great candidate for outdoor spaces. Did someone say backyard barbecue pit? Keep in mind that, even with care, concrete tends to develop hairline cracks, which can reduce the life of the material.
  1. Recycled glass is becoming a popular choice for modern countertops. It is eco-friendly, stain resistant, low maintenance, and heat resistant. With so many benefits, it must have a downside, right? The major cons of recycled glass are its difficulty to source and install. However, if you have a line on quality recycled glass, and the time and resources to have it installed properly, it is a great choice.
  1. Marble is a classic countertop material that many homeowners think of first. After all, it is widely available, looks beautiful, and can be sourced in a variety of colors ranging from light to dark. Marble is a relatively porous material compared to other common countertops. This means it can scratch and stain easily and may need to be replaced sooner than countertops.

Most homeowners have a good idea of the aesthetic they want. If this is the case, the next step is to talk to a contractor about selecting a countertop material that is both beautiful and well-suited to your needs.

In our next article, we’ll examine 5 more countertop materials and provide some additional insight in making this important decision.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including countertop installation, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliance, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about our countertop installation services, to request an estimate or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.