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Countertop Pros & Cons: What Countertop Material is Right for Me?
So, you’ve decided to get new countertops in your kitchen. The decision wasn’t made lightly; you understand that countertops, no matter the material, are a big investment. Not only that, whether you install them yourself or have a contractor do it, it takes a good amount of time and expertise to do it right.
With that said, there is a myriad of options to choose from. Worse yet, even if you’ve decided to spare no expense (or to be frugal) it’s hard to understand what material best accommodates your budget. To help you choose we’ve created a pros and cons guide to countertop materials, so you can understand what’s cheap, what’s expensive, what’s durable, and everything else in-between.
Butcher block countertops can be a perfect solution to your need for a functional kitchen space. The material is priced well, but, as can be expected with wood, the surface is prone to stains, burn marks and scratches. However, butcher block countertops can certainly look well-loved and well-used in the right kitchen.
Much like butcher block countertops, bamboo is easily scratched, burned, and stained. However, the price is right and no one expects wood countertops to look pristine. After all, a little wear and tear can be considered “patina.”
Laminate countertops are the perfect budget-friendly option with a surprising amount of durability built-in. Believe it or not, laminate is heat resistant and because it’s made of plastic, is resistant to stains. A few things to look out for are scratches and abrasions—use a cutting board and be careful with sliding plates and pots around on the surface. Best of all, laminate comes in an almost endless number of styles and colors.
Quartz is the defacto countertop surface for people who have the privilege to spare no expense. Not only is the material unique (no two pieces are the same), sophisticated, and beautiful, but quartz is an extremely hard material, meaning it will remain unblemished even amid the most clumsy cook.
Concrete has come into style thanks to the industrial trend of interior design. We can thank all of those converted downtown warehouses for that! Poured concrete is sophisticated and, for the look it achieves, relatively inexpensive. While concrete is durable, it can stain, chip, and even crack under the right conditions. Sealed concrete, on the other hand, has increased durability. Believe it or not, concrete is more “form” over “function”, even if you’d think otherwise.
Granite, like quartz, is an extremely durable yet beautiful material to adorn your kitchen. Yet, the price is typically lower per square foot. Why is that? It could be a simple issue of demand; quartz is a more coveted material. However, granite needs to be periodically resealed to uphold its durability while quartz is good on its own.
Limestone is like the peacock of countertop materials. It’s beautiful but, at the end of the day, kind of impractical. Yet, the price of limestone is low enough that it’s worth considering. If you use your kitchen a lot and you’re hard on your countertops, then you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you covet looks above all else, then limestone is worth a look.
Marble is one of those beautiful materials that can actually look okay when it’s been nicked, chipped, and scratched a little. This “patina” can tell you a story and, when something like marble ages, it ages with dignity. However, some of us would rather have a material that is unmarred, and for its price, you might want to consider quartz if you’re that kind of person.
A recycled glass countertop, in many ways, is more of a statement piece than anything else. It’s expensive and, perhaps surprisingly, doesn’t withstand staining and scratches very well. However, glass countertops can have many different designs and can go perfectly in an artist’s home.
Choosing the Right Countertop Material is a Matter of Taste & Circumstance
No, there is no perfect countertop material. They all have their place in the world and they all have their pros and cons. The right material for you is the material that strikes a balance between all of the things you covet in a countertop. It’s up to you if you’re all about the bottom line, want something that won’t scratch and wipes clean with a wet rag, or want a hybrid of both.
One thing we can promise you is that we only carry high-quality countertop materials by name brands. When you choose countertops through us, you’re investing in our stringent standards. We hope, after reading this, you’re a little closer to making a decision. If not, you can call or email us and we’ll help you decide!