Countertops are the workhorse of the kitchen. Countertops take so much abuse and we still expect them to shine at the end of the day. It seems there are so many options for countertops and a wide variety of unconventional materials are being used! Keep in mind not all options are created equal! The good part is, we are here to help! Here is a guide to help you discover the right countertop material for your needs.
When most people think of upgrading their countertops, they think of Granite! Since there is a large variety of colors and patterns, it checks the all marks for most checklists. Although granite is the epitome of luxury, this comes at a cost.
Pros: Many different colors and patterns, stain, heat and water-resistant when sealed, requires little maintenance.
Cons: Extremely heavy, chips and/or cracks.
Butcher block is a wonderful (and beautiful) option for a remodel on a budget! It is a neat alternative to the traditional stone seen in most new remodels. It is especially great for specific design styles such as Scandinavian and rustic chic.
Pros: Long lasting, beautiful, delicate on dishes.
Cons: Vulnerable to water damage, hot cookware and knives.
Quartz is a neat choice because it is entirely man-made! This means that is has the flexibility to be virtually any pattern and/or color. It is non porous, anti-microbial and stain resistant.
Pros: Heat and scratch proof.
Cons: Discolors with extended expose to UV, chips.
While not as popular as Granite, soapstone packs a huge punch in terms of style. That rich, dark, gray is hard to pass up.
Pros: Heat resistant, unique
Cons: Chips and scratches easily.
If you are anything like me, rustic-chic or industrial is right up your alley. Concrete countertops are an up and coming trend that I expect to stick around for a while. It is unique and becoming very popular in more rustic and even farmhouse styles!
Pros: Custom formed, stained to any color
Cons: Hairline cracks
Marble is elegant. The mixture of whites and grays is desirable in high class homes for all types of surfaces. In the kitchen it makes for beautiful countertops. Marble is available in slabs or commonly found as tiles.
Pros: Elegant look, scratches able to be polished out
Cons: Chips easily, needs to be resealed periodically