Explore some of the more popular countertop materials you may be considering for your remodeling project.
Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials on the market today. It is readily available, very competitively priced and actually very affordable for a natural stone. Granite does need to be sealed and will require periodic maintenance to resist staining. Granite comes in many different colors, patterns and edge styles. Prices can vary with granite – you can find very basic granite or you can find more expensive exotic types which can cost significantly more. There are a lot of options with granite!
Quartz is made from a mix of 90% quartz and 10% acrylic or epoxy type mixture. Quartz is a very low maintenance material great for a busy lifestyle. Quartz is stain, scratch, heat an impact resistant. Another advantage of quartz is that it does not have to be sealed like other natural stone products. It comes in many colors and patterns. If you love the look of natural stone quartz countertops now come in many natural stone designs that look like granite or marble but with none of the maintenance.
Solid surface countertops are made from 100% acrylic or 100% poly or sometimes a combo of both of these. These are very durable countertops used in both kitchens and bathrooms today! These countertops are more susceptible to heat and scratches then natural stone or quartz. However, these countertops can be sanded to repair surface scratches. Solid surface offers a good quality countertop material but without the high price tag.
Laminate countertops are an easy countertop choice as they are readily available and come at a great savings compared to solid surface or natural stone. They come in many different patterns and colors – some that look exactly like marble or granite. Laminate is not resistant to heat or scratches, but is very cleanable and durable.
Butcher block is a very interesting and innovative material to add to your home. Homeowners will use this material as their main countertop choice or just incorporate some of this on an island or accent countertop. There is a wide variety of beautiful colors and wood species to choose from. Butcher block can add warmth to your space and give a room an interesting texture. Butcher block requires sealing and does scratch easily.