Selecting countertops can be tricky and overwhelming. To help you make the right decision your consider the pros and cons of the top countertop materials. We have arranged them from most expensive to least, however prices will vary depending on your selections. 

Marble

Marble countertops have a timeless appeal. It is also heat resistant and wont yellow due to heat. Cost wise it is comparable to granite, however, since they are porous staining can be a problem. They also require regular sealing and special care to keep them looking their best.

Granite

Granite is a great way to add value to your home and achieve a high-end look. It also provides a durable prep surface. Granite is a natural material that makes it resistant to scratching, chipping, cracking and heat. The stone can be finished in several ways: polished, the traditional finish which is glossy, honed or leathered which gives the stone a soft matte finish.  However, if granite countertops are not sealed properly they can get stained. Heavy objects also have the potential to chip the counters. It is also no secret that granite countertops are expensive.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a non-porous natural stone that ranges from light to dark gray tones. It is highly stain and bacteria resistant. It also doesn’t require yearly maintenance, like other natural stone countertops. You can also apply mineral oil to the surface to help hide surface scratches, add shine, and deepen the stone’s color. Soapstone isn’t as durable as other countertop materials and is susceptible to scratches and nicks.

Quartz

Quartz are extremely low maintenance and are stain, acid, scratch, heat, and impact resistant. It has a non-porous surface so it doesn’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Quartz countertops come in a variety of colors and patterns. Even though Quartz countertops are durable, they are not indestructible. Once these countertops become damaged it is almost impossible to fix. Quartz countertops are comparable in price to granite. 

Concrete

Concrete can create a modern look in your kitchen or bath and quickly become a focal point. It is customizable so you can choose stain color, finish and texture. Also, different materials such as glass, tile, and marble can be added to create a unique counter. Concrete countertops may scratch easier than natural stone countertops. They also require waxing every couple of months to protect the sealant. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops give your kitchen a modern, industrial look. It easily coordinates with any color in your kitchen. Stainless steel is also one of the easiest counter tops to clean; it just requires a cloth and mild soap. It is also the most hygienic countertop because of its ability to inhibit bacterial buildup. Stainless steel countertops can easily be scratched and dented. They also tend to show smudge marks and fingerprints. 

Butcher-block/wood

Butcher-block counters are both decorative and functional. It also gives your kitchen a warm, cottage look. They are ideal for food preparation, and if properly sealed extremely sanitary. They are highly heat resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pans on them. Butcher blocks can be combined with other counter surfaces to give your kitchen a variety of prep surfaces and design. Wood is less durable than other countertop materials and can easily be scratched, dented, and nicked. They also require maintenance; oil must be applied to keep them looking their best. 

Laminate

Laminate is the budget friendly option that is growing popularity due to the extensive selection of patterns and textures. In addition, it is also possible to now have an under mount sink. However, the material is not resistant to heat, scratches or staining. 

Which is your favorite? Let us know!

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