Countertops can transform your kitchen and can add a layer of dimension to your space’s aesthetic. This is what makes choosing the right materials to be difficult. If you’re looking to provide warmth, perhaps butcher block is the right choice. If you’re looking for a hint of luxury, maybe marble countertops are best. We’ve given a breakdown of the pros and cons of some of the most popular countertop surfaces out there. Take a look to help you decide which countertops are best for your new kitchen.

Butcher Block Countertops

Pros

  • Naturally anti-bacterial
  • Adds a warm look and feel
  • Durable
  • Biodegradable and affordable

Cons

  • Needs to be sanded and oiled twice a year
  • Counter has to have adequate ventilation (preventing the wood from expanding)

Quartz Countertops

Pros    

  • The manufacturing process allows a wide variety of color
  • Durable and stain resistant
  • Low Maintenance

 Cons

  • Not as heat resistant as granite
  • Expensive
  • Installation is difficult

Stainless Steel Countertops

 Pros

  • Industrial strength and durability
  • Shiny, sleek look
  • Easy to clean and disinfect
  • Resistant to heat, rust, corrosion and stains

 Cons

  • Dent and scratch rather easily
  • Fingerprints, dust, smudges are noticeable

Granite Countertops

Pros

  • Durable
  • Scratch and stain-resistant
  • Impervious to heat and water if properly sealed
  • Each slab is unique
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Cons

  • Labor-intensive installation
  • Expensive material
  • If not resealed it will wear over time
  • Preferred choice for homeowners (common in most homes)

 Marble Countertops

 Pros

  • Variety of colors
  • Naturally cool
  • Widely available
  • Inexpensive

 Cons

  • Marble scratches easily (even by acidic things i.e. lemon)
  • Stains easily

Ceramic Tile Countertops

Pros

  • Tiles can be customized for any space
  • Impervious to heat and staining
  • Easy and inexpensive to replace

 Cons

  • Not always perfectly even
  • Grout in between collects dirt/food (grout is prone to staining)
  • Excessive scrubbing ruins high gloss finishes

Countertops finalize any kitchen by giving the space a polished and sleek look. Deciphering between different materials can be overwhelming. Here at Kitchen Solvers our mission is to provide you with a Pleasant Remodeling Experience which includes helping our homeowners determine the right countertop. Click HERE to discover the closest Kitchen Solvers in your area. Also, be sure to visit our Homepage to learn more about our countertops and installations.

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