Kitchen countertops are the central part to the look and feel of your new kitchen. Whether you are building from scratch or remodeling an outdated kitchen the number of countertop surface options can be overwhelming. While there are dozens types of countertops to choose from, we’ve chosen the 7 that are most popular for today’s kitchen remodels.
Granite is a durable natural stone that can be polished, sandblasted or brushed. It comes in a variety of colors that are found in nature which makes each piece unique. It is easy to maintain and resists chemicals, bacteria, knife nicks, and heat. Like most natural stone, granite need to be sealed to avoid staining. Installation is labor intensive which makes granite a more expensive option.
A strong, versatile, and stylish countertop option. It can be cast and colored to your own specifications and texture can be fully customized (you can add recycled glass, shells, or stone pieces). Concrete is porous but if sealed properly it is stain resistant. The sealer is not heat resistant, which means hot pots and pans should not be placed directly on the concrete.
A warm and natural, yet sophisticated and environmentally friendly surface. Minimal maintenance required and low cost compared to some stone surface options. Although knives can scratch the surface, many consumers like the worn look and the scratches can be easily sanded out. You can also seal the butcher block and oil it about once a month. The disadvantage is that this surface can dry, crack, or swell with moisture if not maintained properly.
A natural stone that is extracted similarly to granite. Although it is a softer surface that is composed primarily of mineral talc, but the soapstone used for kitchen remodels is sturdier because it contains more quartz. Which makes it a suitable option for kitchen countertops. Soapstone is naturally gray in color that darkens with time, it is resistant to etching from acids, and scratches can be oiled away. It is however not as heat resistant as granite, and not resistant to dents and scratches.
Engineered quartz is a man-made stone, made from combining 90% natural ground quartz and 10% other materials (polymers, pigments, and resins). It is a perfect harmony of the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surfaces. Quartz has a long lifetime, is scratch resistant, available in multiple colors, and does not need to be sealed. The only perceived downfall could be the cost, it is expensive but its durability makes it a sensible investment.
Sheets of metal that are retrofitted to fit your contemporary/industrial kitchen remodel. A great surface because it is nearly indestructible, easy to clean, resistant to heat and bacteria. It has a feeling of an up to date, contemporary, ahead of the curve, trend-setting surface. Stainless steel does however show every fingerprint and it dents and scratches easily. Still this surface is easily maintained with washing and polishing.
Tile is a modular and less expensive surface option that can be tailored to size and shape of your countertop. It is resistant to stains and heat, comes in many different colors, and if a tile is damaged it is easy to replace. Tile, however is an uneven surface that can crack or chip easily. The grout can collect particle of food, and if it unsealed it is predisposed to staining and bacterial growth.
The number one home remodeling and renovation project historically is the kitchen. Kitchens add significant value to your home, and with so many countertop options available it can become confusing. Contact your local builder and remodeler to help you understand all of your options.