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Installing a kitchen countertop can be a challenging and expensive endeavor, so it’s safe to say that when you’re looking to replace yours, you want to pick a finish that will last. Fortunately, whether you opt for a minimalist, traditional, or farmhouse aesthetic, there are several options which will fit any style and budget. Below we’ve narrowed down the most durable and stylish types of kitchen countertops you should consider in your next renovation.
Engineered quartz countertops are stylish and very low maintenance. The non-porous surface won’t erode despite scratches, heat, acid, stains, and bacteria. The best part? It doesn’t need to be resealed which makes it the perfect choice for contemporary kitchens.
Granite has elegant natural patterns and a classic appearance, making it a popular option. As long as you clean it with soap or water, it can last for years even with low maintenance. To maintain its natural appearance, we recommend resealing it every one to five years.
An exquisite marble finish can add a luxurious touch to your cooking space. Interior designers love its flawless finish, as well as the fact that it’s waterproof and heatproof (it also keeps things cool, making it a baker’s favorite). But marble is far from perfect. This material is vulnerable to stains and scratches. You’ll need to clean it regularly to maintain its sophisticated look. You may also need to refinish it every two to three years.
Soapstone requires little maintenance because it is non-porous. Most soapstone countertops are in shades of black, blue, gray and green—which look great in minimalist and modern kitchens. Much like quartz, it doesn’t require sealing. However, applying mineral oil is advised to conceal scratches and develop its rich hue.
Laminate countertops are long-lasting surfaces which can resemble solid wood textures or playful motifs. Aside from its affordable price tag, laminate is resistant to wear and tear. For proper maintenance, use mild cleaning products and dust the surfaces on a regular basis.
Tile countertops come in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Due to widespread options available, longevity and maintenance will be based on the type of material used. However, grout must be sealed annually to keep it clean and reduce the risk of bacterial absorption. Also keep in mind that the grout tiles create an uneven surface, which may not suit all cooking styles.
Solid surface material can mimic granite and marble, making them an ideal alternative to natural stone. Even if the surface is scratched by knives, you can easily sand it down and revive its seamless exterior.
Butcher block countertops have a charming country vibe. This option is usually made of solid wood such as oak, maple, walnut, or teak—which makes it ideal for direct slicing and cutting. Unfortunately, wood is porous and can absorb bacteria and deform due to humidity. It’s also vulnerable to cracking so you must regularly seal and oil it to avoid its potential pitfalls. That said, if you like the worn rustic look, you’ll likely enjoy how your countertop carves and patinas over time.
Recycled glass has large chunks of glass which leads to its bejeweled and shiny exterior and can give your countertops a terrazzo-esque look. It is stain, scratch, and heat resistant, making it an ideal option for your kitchen. That said, it is prone to chipping or cracking resulting in exorbitantly priced repairs.
Concrete countertops are akin to solid gray slabs fit for monochrome and industrial-themed kitchens. As it is a common construction material, it is almost indestructible and easy to maintain. However, because it’s non-porous, spills must be wiped immediately to avoid stains. Over time, it also may accumulate cracks, but these are relatively easy to repair.