Choosing the perfect kitchen countertop can be overwhelming, and expensive! Before diving into a kitchen remodel, check out the pros and cons of the most popular kitchen countertop options.
Kitchen Countertop Options
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.
The great thing about Quartz countertops is that they’re practically maintenance free. Engineered quartz countertops don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Due to it’s non-porous surface, quartz countertops 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 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 is still the top choice of most homeowners. Traditional granite countertops 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 countertop 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.
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.
|Stain Resistant||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, when sealed|
|Heat Resistant||Yes||Yes, to a certain degree||Yes||Yes||Yes|