Comparing Different Kitchen Countertop Materials

Comparing Different Kitchen Countertop Materials

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, countertops take center stage. It’s often the first thing people notice when they walk into your kitchen for the first time. And with all of the different countertop materials available today, making a decision can be difficult. You need to know the pros and cons to each type of material as well as the colors available and costs.  

To help you choose, we’ll compare five of the most popular to get you started. Read on to find the one that’s right for you.


Granite

Pros: With a wide array of colors and beautiful natural patterns, granite can give your kitchen a unique style. Because it is stone, it is durable and takes on heat, scratches, stains, and splashes fairly well.

Cons: It does need to be sealed at least once a year to avoid stains, and you need to make sure your cabinet boxes are sturdy due to the weight.

Cost: It ranges anywhere between $35 to $175 per square foot


Quartz

Also called engineered quartz or engineered stone, quartz is made with resin and quartz chips with added color. It combines the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surfaces.

Pros: Because it’s an engineered surface, there is a greater range of colors and patterns to choose from. It’s also easier to care for than stone.

Cons: While there are more patterns to choose from, they don’t have the natural variegation that granite does. Quartz is also expensive, but the durability can make it a worthy investment.

Cost: $45 to $125 per square foot

This Three Week Kitchen Denver project is a lovely example of quartz counters:

quartz counters


Solid Surface

This surface was first sold under the name Corian, but today it’s made by many manufacturers and is still a very popular choice. It’s made mostly with acrylic and polyester.

Pros: Solid surface counters are virtually maintenance-free, with no sealing or special cleaning needed. Colors and patterns are plentiful, and it’s a seamless installation.

Cons: It is easily scratched, but you can sand those out. It’s also not very heat resistant. And if you prefer a surface with a more natural look and feel, then you might want to choose another surface.

Cost: $35 to $100 per square foot


Laminate

This surface is made with paper combined with resins, which is then fused to particle board. It has been around for decades, and more recently has shown more stylish designs than those of the past.

Pros: If you’re cost-conscious, then laminate is for you as it is one of the most affordable surfaces. Maintenance is easy, and because it’s lightweight, a sturdy cabinet base is not necessary.

Cons: Laminate is not durable and is easily scratched, burned, and stained. As it ages, the layers can start peeling, and it’s difficult to repair if it gets damaged. Also, you can’t use undermount sinks due to the raw particle board core.

Cost: $10 to $40 per square foot


Concrete

Not just for patios and sidewalks, concrete can make for an edgy choice when it comes to countertops.

Pros: The versatility of concrete makes for almost endless possibilities in terms of color and shape. You can add inlays like cutting boards, sinks, or even accents like shells, rocks, and glass. It is durable and can withstand heavy use, but it’s not very heat resistant.

Cons: Due to it being a porous material, concrete stains easily unless you seal it frequently. Cracks sometimes form over time due to settling. Also, it is extremely heavy and needs strong support, and it can be pricey due to all of the available customizations.

Price: $75 to $135 per square foot

Example of how modern and chic concrete countertops can look in your home:

concrete counters

 

Contact the Three Week Kitchens team if you’re interested in updating your kitchen counters. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!