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Kitchen Counter Top Options

Choosing the perfect kitchen counter top can be overwhelming, and expensive! Before diving into a kitchen remodel, check out the pros and cons of the most popular kitchen counter top options.

Concrete

The neat thing about concrete countertops is that they’re highly customizable. You can choose any stain color and texture. Concrete mixes well with many different materials, such as glass, tile and marble to create a one-of-a-kind look. In addition to its appearance, concrete countertops are energy efficient. When the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and releases it when the temperature cools down.

Quartz

The great thing about Quartz counter tops is that they’re practically maintenance free. Engineered quartz counter tops don’t need to be sealed like natural stone counter tops. Due to it’s non-porous surface, quartz counter tops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, quartz ranks close in popularity to the top choice: granite. However, quartz also comes in solid colors, which is appealing to some.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a non-porous natural stone that’s available in a wide variety of colors ranging from light to dark with the natural stone features. Because soapstone is non-porous, it’s highly stain and bacteria resistant. Unlike other natural stones, it doesn’t require yearly sealing but regular applications of mineral oil will help to disguise any surface scratches, add sheen and deepen the stone’s color over time.

Granite

Granite is still the top choice of most homeowners. Traditional granite counter tops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen’s value while providing a durable prep surface. One appealing feature is the variation in the stone’s pattern but that can also make matching up slabs tricky. The cost of granite and quartz are comparable, but natural granite requires more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks. Granite is a naturally porous surface which means there is potential for the counter top to become stained. Oils, wine, acids and soda, are most likely to stain the surface. However, if you follow a yearly sealing routine, that will lessen the risk of stains.

Marble

With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granite’s, marble is porous so staining can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass counter tops are a fun, contemporary option. Recycled glass counter tops resist stains, cuts, scratches, and heat depending on the quality and thickness of the glass. Glass that is thin, can sometimes show hairline cracks, from heat and heavy objects.

Butcher Block

Butcher block counters give a warm and inviting look. Butcher block counter tops can resist heat, but need to be properly sealed in order to prevent bacteria from growing in the pores of the wood. This type of counter top can be nicked and scratched but can easily be sanded out.

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