Countertop Guide: Choosing The Right Countertop Surface
Designing a kitchen from scratch or getting ready to renovate? Here’s where to start! Selecting which countertop surface is right for you will be important, based on function, budget, and design. Since there are so many materials to choose from, we are here to help narrow down your options during this exciting yet sometimes overwhelming process! Listed below are 10 countertop surfaces, including their pros and cons, to make it easier for you to select your favorite material based on your lifestyle needs and personal design style.
1. Butcher Block
-Great for chopping and prepping food -Susceptible to scratches and dents because of it’s soft surface
-Sanitary when protected with food-safe sealer
-Offers a variety of wood types
$40-65 per sq. ft.
-Unique, rugged look -Can crack
-Customize color and texture and size -Can oxidize and tarnish over time if not sealed
-Stain/scratch/heat resistant when sealed
-Seamless when using seam filler
$65-135 per sq. ft.
-Antimicrobial, easier to keep clean -Can oxidize and tarnish over time if not sealed
-A statement piece -Susceptible to dents and scratches because it is a soft metal
$100-175 per sq. ft.
-Natural, renewable resource -Can be stained when not sealed correctly/regularly
-Scratch resistant -Visible seams/grout lines
-Variety of color options
$40-100 per sq. ft.
-Beautiful, natural stone -High maintenance
-A popular, iconic material -Keep away from high heat
$55-200 per sq. ft.
-Classic and timeless beauty -Easily scratched because it is more porous
-White, brighter color options -Susceptible to stains
$75-250 per sq. ft.
-Man-made stone -Susceptible to scratches
-Stain resistant -Not quartzite
$55-155 per sq. ft.
-Natural stone -Needs to be sealed every year
-Heat resistant -More expensive than quartz
-Offers a variety of colors and tones
$70-200 per sq. ft.
-A smooth, matte, casual look -Only comes in a variety of gray tones
-Low maintenance -Susceptible to scratches and dents
$60-185 per sq. ft.
10. Solid Surface (Corian)
-Low maintenance -Can be easily damaged by heat
-Affordable -Susceptible to stains and scratches
-Invisible seams/grout lines
-Variety of colors
$60-185 per sq. ft.
And there you have it! I hope this countertop guide helped sway your decision on which material to select for your new and improved kitchen. Whether you have children and need a durable surface, or can’t break the bank because of your tight budget, or just want to stick with the trend based on your design style, there are so many options out there catering to each and every need!
For more inspiration check out our Stone Materials Pinterest Board!