Which Countertop Fits your Lifestyle?

July 07, 2016

Asking yourself what type of kitchen countertop fits your lifestyle may sound easy. Granite or Marble, yes please! But, considering the cost of your kitchen renovation, you may find that your budget doesn't allow for custom cabinetry and exotic stone countertops. Check out the options below to see what countertop fits your home. Comment on our Facebook page which surface gets your top vote!

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1. Granite

Pros: Granite is the top choice in countertop selections across the country and for good reason. It's durable, beautiful, and can be affordable depending on the type chosen. 

Cons: It has to be sealed every 3-5 years depending on use and the type of sealer. Most manufacturers say that the seal can last up to 15 years, but it's a good idea to do it more frequently, especially around areas that have a lot of moisture. The exotic granite options are usually just as expensive as Marble or Quartz. 

Cost: $35 to $100+ per square foot, installed

 

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2. Corian- Recycled Materials

Pros: Corian countertops are manufactured by DuPont. In fact, they have been made for almost fifty years. Corian is manufactured by combining natural minerals and binding resins to create a non-porous and very durable countertop surface. There are now 110 color and patterns to choose from and Corian is highly customizable, often used to create  matching or complementary sinks and cutting boards in addition to the countertop. No sealing required!

Cons: It may be non-porous, but due to it's plasticity, it is prone to warping from hot pans or scratches from knives. If you are a messy cook, this may not be the choice for you. 

Cost: $35 to $100+ per square foot, installed

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3. Cambria- Engineered Quartz

Pros: Quartz counters are beautiful! They create a seamless look and can go with almost any kitchen design. It is harder than Corian, and will not nick or chip if cut on. 

Cons: If it does get damaged, it is much harder to repair and may require replacement. But, unless you own a cleaver and no cutting board, you should be fine. 

Cost: $40 to $90+ per square foot, installed

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4. Marble

Pros: Nothing beats marble on sheer elegance. It stands up to heat well, and because it remains perennially cool, it's a traditional choice for pastry and baking stations. 

Cons: Marble is very susceptible to stains, even with sealing. For that reason, it's not often used throughout an entire kitchen. Most homeowners limit it to one or two small areas. It can also scratch and chip.

Cost: $40 to $100+ per square foot, installed

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5. Concrete

Pros: Concrete is extremely versatile: It can be cast in any shape and custom tinted any shade you wish. You easily can add unique inlays, such as glass fragments, rocks and shells. Concrete stands up well to heavy use, although it isn't as heat resistant as some other surfaces.

Cons: Because it's porous, concrete will stain without frequent sealing. With time and settling, small cracks can develop. Concrete is extremely heavy and will need strong support beneath. Like stainless steel, its custom creation ups the price tag.

Cost: $75 to $125 per square foot, installed

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6. Soapstone

Pros: Soapstone has a natural softness and depth that fits very well with older and cottage-style homes. Although it usually starts out light to medium gray, it darkens with time. 

Cons: Soapstone needs polishing with oil to keep it in top shape. It can crack over time, and it can't handle knife scratches and nicks as well as some other types of stone. The natural roughness of its surface can scuff glassware and china.

Cost: $70 to $100+ per square foot, installed

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7. Copper or Stainless Steel

Pros: There's a reason stainless steel and copper are used in restaurants and other high-traffic kitchens: They are nearly indestructible, and resist heat and bacteria. They also provides a very distinctive look that feels appropriate in contemporary and industrial-style kitchens.

Cons: Fingerprints show and must be wiped off frequently, and copper and stainless steel can also dent. It can be loud as pots, pans and dishware clang against the surface. Chemicals can affect its color and cause unwanted etching. Both options can be expensive due to the custom fabrication.

Cost: $65 to $125+ per square foot, installed

 

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