Which countertop is right for your new kitchen?


Which countertop is right for your new kitchen?

There are many options for your kitchen countertops, but all seem to have pros and cons making this a hard decision. So which one should you use in your new kitchen? Which one is right for you? Here are some pros and cons of commonly used kitchen countertops to help you make your decision.

Soapstone

Soapstone

Cost range: $75 – $150 psf

PROS:

-versatile in design/colors, wide range of color from almost pure white with slight marbling to charcoal gray with nearly solid color, very non-porous, doesn’t require sealing, stain resistant, easy to clean with just soap and water, doesn’t harbor bacteria, chips/scratches can be easily sanded/buffed out

CONS:

-soft/easy to scratches, high price

Granite

granite

Cost range: $95 – $150 psf

PROS:

-wide range of color/movement, scratch resistant, high quality, hard surface, heat-resistant,

CONS:

-porous, needs to be resealed often, stains easily when not sealed properly/frequently enough, crack or chip when something heavy is dropped on it, high price

Marble

marble

Cost range: $125 – $250 psf

PROS:

-beauty, wide variety in color and movement, heat-resistant

CONS:

-porous/stains easily, needs frequent resealing, soft/scratches easily

Quartz

Quartz

Cost range: $125 – $175 psf

PROS:

-wide range of color, won’t chip or crack, non-porous because it is engineered, high quality, very hard substance, heat-resistant

CONS:

-not as natural of a look as natural stone, seams can be noticeable sometimes, not as heat-resistant as granite, high cost

Slate

Slate

Cost range: $50 – $65 psf

PROS:

-non-porous, doesn’t harbor bacteria, won’t absorb liquids, very hard and durable, heat-resistant, affordable (can be half the price of granite/marble/soapstone/quartz), won’t easily scratch/chip

CONS:

-corners can be slightly brittle (recommended to round edges to prevent cracks or injuries), less color variation than other natural stones

Wood

wood

Cost range: $35 – $200 psf

PROS:

-appearance, variety in color/grain, warm to touch compared to stones, recycled/recyclable, good work surface

CONS:

-require regular/proper sealing, can be damaged by water if not treated properly/regularly, may need refinishing, scratch and dent fairly easily

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are man-made blends of acrylic and polyester.  An example is Corian.

solid surface

Cost range: $75 – $120 psf

PROS:

-very wide variety of colors, non-porous, stain resistant, formed into nearly any shape and size

CONS:

-can be damaged by heat, not as much variety and depth in color/movement as a natural stone

Laminate

Laminate

Cost range: $20 – $50 psf

PROS:

-inexpensive, very wide variety of color/pattern, easy to clean, quick to install, can be customized into most any shape or design, stain resistant

CONS:

-damaged easily by heat, not very scratch resistant, surface damage is difficult to repair

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kay Smith says:

    Thanks for this question and answer. I appreciate the break down, had not seen this before.

    Like

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