Kitchen Countertop Materials 101

It’s easy to choose kitchen countertops based on looks alone. But there is more to counter space than how well it matches the kitchen’s current features. Durability, maintenance, and, of course, cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for a kitchen remodel.


First things first. How do you live? If you enjoy cooking on a regular basis or have kids who love to make messes, white countertops might not be the best fit. Is your kitchen the gathering place of your home? Then you might be looking for something exceptionally durable.


It’s safe to say that granite is the number one choice among countertop purchases. There are a few reasons why. It comes in a variety of patterns and color pallets making it extremely versatile. Blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges are all examples of available colors, with each pattern being unique. Granite is also available in two different finishes, polished or honing. A polished finish will be shiny whereas honing creates a matte look. Granite can be both affordable or pricey, depending how much is needed, where it is purchased and where it’s shipped from.


Other materials, like marble, limestone and soapstone, are softer than granite. They also require delicate use and greater care. Stone countertops can be an attractive option for kitchen remodelers because they often come in a wider variety of colors than granite. They also offer more durability and are easier to maintain. The downside? It wont necessarily save you any money. Engineered stone is comparable in price to granite.


This is a countertop material that has been skyrocketing in popularity. Take caution! While concrete countertops can be customized to fit your personal style, they require extensive attention and care. Abrupt changes in temperature (such as placing a hot pan on the surface) may cause concrete to warp or curl. Additionally, damp sponges left on the counter can cause discoloration and acidic spills may etch the surface.


Looking for something a little bit different? Wood countertops create a traditional, rustic and natural feel. Better yet – they are easy to clean and any scratches can be buffed out with ease. On the contrary, water can be damaging to wood. It doesn’t take much, either. Keep in mind that wood countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface.

We recommend seeing all materials in person before making a decision. Our showroom is full of examples. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your kitchen remodel, give us a call. We will even schedule a free design consultation.

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