A Guide to Countertop Options

countertop options

The right countertops will complement the style of your kitchen while also fitting into your lifestyle.

There are high expectations placed on countertops, and for good reason. They are expected to look great, remain on trend, and be highly functional for years and years. Countertops are amongst the hardest working surfaces in any home. They are exposed to high temperatures, sharp implements, and potentially staining and damaging substances day in and day out. While no countertop material is completely impervious to damage and perfect, there are numerous countertop options with various pros and cons to meet different needs. Read more about different countertop options below to discover the right one for your home.


Marble is a beautiful countertop choice with all the allure of natural stone. However, with such natural beauty comes high maintenance requirements. Marble may crack if subjected to trauma and is a porous material that absorbs stains and smells. If you have a busy home with messy children, marble may not be the right choice for your countertops. However, if you are looking for something decorative and impressive in a light use area, then marble is sure to do the trick.


This kitchen staple is highly resistant to heat, cutting, and heavy use. Plus, it has all the unique beauty of natural stone. However, granite fares less well against accidental impacts and is prone to chipping and cracking from them. Depending on the type, it may need a yearly refresher, or only one once every ten years.

Engineered Stone Quartz

Quartz countertops are, by far, the most durable of countertop options. Quartz stone is mixed with man-made materials to produce a countertop that looks completely like natural stone but has a much higher durability and variety of styles. It will wear better than almost any other material on the market, as it’s scratch resistant, heat resistant, and long-lasting. This material is also incredibly low maintenance. If you want countertops that look stunning but can withstand the wear and tear of family life, then quartz countertops are the best choice.


Wood countertops are a unique choice that add warmth and rustic appeal to the kitchen. If you are looking to create a kitchen that will wow guests while still being a comfortable part of the home, then wood countertops are right for you. However, just like marble, these appealing wood countertops require consistent maintenance. You can cut directly on wood counters, but you will have to make sure that you treat the counters with wood block oil to maintain the smooth texture and flawless appearance of the wood grain. What makes wood counters a versatile choice is that they can be sanded down after many years of use so that they look new again! These unique counters are a great choice, as long as the homeowner is willing to put the time into maintenance.


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