Time to pick your counter? Take a quick look at some top contenders
Updated: Mar 14, 2022
Remodeling your kitchen can seem like a daunting task. The seemingly endless options and pros and cons. Wondering what the best countertop options are out there? Let's take a quick look at some popular options.
Granite is a popular choice among homeowners. Since granite is a natural material you will find it in a wide array or colors, patterns and veining making each granite slab unique. Granite is a durable material. You won't need to worry about hot pans leaving marks or knives scratching the surface. Periodic sealing is required to protect from stains. Granite is one of the most expensive choices. $$-$$$$
Quartz is also a top choice for homeowners alongside granite. It looks like stone but is actually a combination of mineral, color and resin. You will see that it comes in a variety of colors as well as patterns that mimic granite and marble. It holds up well to heat, knives and most stains and is basically a maintenance free option. $$$-$$$$
Marble adds a rich and timeless look to any space. It remains cool which makes it great for baking and cooking but you need to be careful as it is easily damaged by heat and acid. It is also a porous material making regular sealing a must to protect it from stains. With the right maintenance and use marble is a beautiful choice. $$$$
Butcher block counters are a great way to bring warmth to a space. They are made by fusing individual wood strips together. Butcher block countertops are a budget friendly option. It is highly heat resistant but watch out, that doesn't mean it can't burn! Frequent oiling's with food grade oil are required. $$-$$$
Concrete is a nice choice to add a modern look to a space. You will find it in a wide variety of colors, patterns and sheens. This type of countertop is regularly poured on site once your cabinets are installed. Regular sealing and maintenance is important since it is a porous material and can absorb liquids. $$$-$$$$
Soapstone is a great choice for kitchens especially if you are looking for a option that is stain and heat resistant! It is softer than marble so you need to be careful of scratches. Fortunately, these scratches can sometimes be removed by light sanding and/or applying a small amount of mineral oil. Regular oiling is required to maintain its natural look. $$$$
Laminate countertops are made of plastic fused with kraft paper or particleboard. If you are looking for the most affordable option than Laminate is for you! Laminate countertops comes in hundreds of colors and finishes. You can also find it in a variety of patterns such as marble and wood. These countertops can scratch, burn, and chip. Always make sure to place heat resistant cloths on the counter prior to putting any hot pot or pans down and use a cutting board . $-$$
It can be a hard choice to make but all of these option are SMART choices.