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Kitchen Counter Top Options

When you renovate and remodel your kitchen, you are given the opportunity to design the space from a blank slate and make your vision come to life. While you want the kitchen to be aesthetically pleasing, it is also important that the space is functional for your life style. A great place to start is choosing the type of counter top that fits your style and needs. Choosing the counter material and color first provides you with a spring board to create a cohesive look throughout your home renovation. Let’s take a look at some kitchen countertop options.

1. Quartz

Pros:

  • Extremely Durable
  • Scratch/Stain Resistant
  • No Sealing Required
  • Low Maintenance

Cons:

  • Prone to heat damage
  • Direct sunlight fades color

2. Granite

Pros:

  • Durable and Hardy
  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to heat
  • Design versatility

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires regular sealing
  • Heavy and labor intensive

3. Marble

Pros:

  • Unique and beautiful
  • Durable
  • Resistant to cracking
  • Heat resistant

Cons:

  • Prone to scratching
  • Sustainable to acid staining

4. Dekton

Pros:

  • Larger stone for less seams
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Customizable edges
  • East to maintain

Cons:

  • Expensive to install
  • Prone to chipping
  • Patterns on top layer only

5. Natural Stone

Pros:

  • Long life span
  • Some are antimicrobial
  • Hardy and Durable
  • Beautiful appearance

Cons:

  • High maintenance
  • Expensive

6. Laminate

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Flexible, varied design
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to maintain and clean

Cons:

  • Damaged by heat
  • Prone to peeling
  • Shorter lifespan

7. Butcher Block

Pros:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Can be environmentally friendly with reclaimed wood
  • Sanding can fix most surface issues

Cons:

  • Requires regular oiling
  • Not resistant to heat of stains

8. Concrete

Pros:

  • Highly durable
  • Customizable
  • Long lifespan
  • Heat resistant

Cons:

  • Required regular waxing
  • Not resistant to stains