10 Materials to Use for Kitchen Countertops

There are lots of options in the market for kitchen countertops. Hometriangle lists top picks gives the pros and cons of the top 10 choices so that you can make an educated choice when you remodel your kitchen .

1. Granite Counters

Granite is the countertop material is extensively used in our Kitchens. It defines elegance in a kitchen. As the granite usage becomes more widespread, the price comes down. The beauty of the stone contributes to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen.

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Pros

  • Holds up to heat.
  • Comes in a range of almost 1000+ colours.
  • Looks permanent and substantial.
  • Will last a lifetime.
  • Has a high value to home buyers.

Cons : 

  • Expensive, but becoming more affordable.
  • Requires some maintenance; some stones absorbs stains if not sealed.
  • Can crack if stressed or improperly installed.

2. Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz particles. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. It's easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by Natural Stone. Some brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq®, LG Viatera®, Cambria Quartz, and Silestone®.

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Pros :

  • Resistant to stain and acid.
  • Easy care.

Cons :

  • Expensive.

3. Solid Surface

As the name Solid Surface Counters , they are solid, any scratches can be sanded out. The countertops are custom-made to your specifications by companies such as Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.

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Pros :

  • Comes in a rainbow of colours and patterns.
  • Stain resistant.

Cons :

  • Vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface.
  • Can be moderately expensive.

4. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean. Add to that inexpensive and you've got a really good choice for countertops for the average home. Because it's installed a section at a time, it can be done by most resourceful homeowners.

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Pros :

  • Takes hot pans.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Wide range of price, color, texture, and design.

Cons :

  • Counter surface is uneven.
  • Tiles can easily chip or crack.
  • Grout lines become stained.
  • Custom-designed tiles are very expensive.

5. Laminates

Laminate Counters bare trademarks such as Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart. They're made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that's easy to clean. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends.

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Pros :

  • You can buy laminates in lots of colours.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Durable.
  • Inexpensive.​

Cons :

  • Scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair.
  • Seams show.
  • End finishing and front edge choices can be pricey.

6. Wood or Butcher Block

Wood pr Butcher Block offer a beautiful warm look and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. Hardwoods such as maple and oak are most often used as countertop woods.

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Pros :

  • Easy to clean.
  • Smooth.
  • Can be sanded and resealed as needed.

Cons :

  • Can be damaged by water and stains over time.
  • Scratches must be oiled or sealed according to manufacturer's instructions.

7. Stainless Steel Counters

For a really contemporary and industrial look for your kitchen, Stainless steel is a good choice. They are heat resistant and durable. Because they're constructed to your specifications, you can have a seamless countertop.

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Pros :

  • Takes hot pans.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons :

  • Expensive.
  • Noisy.
  • May dent.
  • Fabrication is expensive.
  • You can't cut on it.

8. Soapstone Counters

Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and has a smooth feel. It is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material.

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Pros :

  • Rich, deep color.
  • Smooth feel.
  • Somewhat stain resistant.

Cons :

  • Requires regular maintenance with applications of mineral oil.
  • May crack and darken over time.

9. Marble

Because of its extremely high price tag, marble is not often seen on the countertops of whole kitchens. To get the luxurious look, use it on an island or inset at a baking center. Marble requires constant maintenance, as it easily stains. Some new sealers retard staining.

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Pros :

  • Waterproof.
  • Heatproof.
  • Beautiful.

Cons :

  • Expensive.
  • Porous.
  • Stains easily unless professionally sealed.
  • Can scratch.
  • May need resealing periodically as per manufacturer.

10. Concrete Counters

If you have countertops in unusual shapes, concrete may be a good choice, as they're often cast right in your kitchen. The high price tag may be beyond most people's budget.

Pros :

  • Heat and scratch resistant.
  • Can be color-tinted.
  • Looks exotic and unusual.
  • New treatments eliminate cracking.
  • Additives reduce porosity.
  • New finishes are more decorative.

Cons :

  • Mid to high range on cost due to custom work.
  • Cracking is possible.
  • Can look somewhat industrial.
  • Porous but can be sealed.

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