Countertop Options for Your Next Kitchen Remodel

There are so many options when it comes to choosing a countertop for your kitchen remodel and I'm creating a quick list of pros and cons of the options you have to choose from!

1. Quartz

It's my number one for a reason, I specify quartz more than any other countertop material.

Here's the list of pros:

  • There are many color options within quartz and many different price points!

  • It's extremely durable. It's not a natural stone and therefore not porous. It requires little to no maintenance.

  • Great warranties

  • Stain resistant

Here's the list of cons:

  • Can be on the pricier side, especially the more they look like natural stone

  • Impossible to match a natural stone perfectly, but they are very close!

  • Can be damaged with high levels of heat - protect any hot pans you sit on quartz

2. Quartzite

I have so many clients that confuse quartz and quartzite. Quartzite is actually a natural stone that begins as sandstone, and under the natural process of heat and pressure fuses with quartz crystals to form quartzite.

Here's the list of pros:

  • It's a natural stone and with natural stone, you have beautiful natural and imperfect veining

  • Low maintenance once sealed

  • UV resistant

Here's the list of cons:

  • It can scratch from a knife so you have to be very careful

  • It's one of the more expensive countertop options

  • It's porous and therefore it must be sealed

3. Granite

Granite has definitely taken a backseat in the past decade as the white/gray trend slowly made its way in. When it comes to granite, there aren't many colors that fit the bill, so it slowly went "out". I believe granite will make its way back into our hearts as time goes by and it's a great option for small budgets!

Here's the list of pros:

  • A very sustainable option. It's almost perfectly ready to be a countertop in its natural state and requires very little processing once it has been quarried.

  • Heat resistant

  • Scratch resistant (but still don't cut on it)

  • Better price points

Here's the list of cons:

  • Color options are minimal and finding one that looks like marble is nearly impossible

  • It's porous and therefore must be sealed

  • A little too busy for some of the simple, bright, and minimalistic design trends we're seeing

4. Butcher Block

As natural elements become more and more popular, so will butcher block. It's a beautiful, durable, and cost-efficient countertop option.

Here's the list of pros:

  • Very affordable

  • Easy to clean

  • Many wood and grain options

  • It can last for a very long time

Here's the list of cons:

  • It's sensitive to liquid so be sure to seal it

  • They can ding very easily

  • Depending on the weather and humidity, it's susceptible to expanding and contracting

5. Porcelain

I don't have much experience with porcelain countertops, but I have seen slabs in person and it is stunning! "When porcelain slabs are manufactured for use in countertops, they’re coated with a pigmented glaze. This is to give them an aesthetic appeal similar to that of natural stone or even marble."

Here's the list of pros:

  • Heat Endurance

  • Cost of the actual material

  • Durability and Hardness

  • Easy Maintenance (Similar to Quartz)

  • A lot of colors and patterns to choose from

  • Large sizes for large islands

Here's the list of cons:

  • It's easy to crack

  • Limited edge styles

  • Higher cost of fabrication

6. Dekton

Dekton is made from a combination of quartz, porcelain, and glass from the company Cosentino. It's not porous in the slightest and is more durable than any other countertop. It's a truly remarkable product and I've had first-hand experience with watching out you can easily clean off nail polish. I also watched as they torched the countertop and then easily wiped away the burn marks. It's a fantastic product and is about to blow up the market in the United States!

Here's the list of pros:

  • Resists scratching, staining, and heat

  • Can be used in indoor and outdoor kitchens

  • Does not need to be sealed

  • Stunning color selection

  • Can be used on many different areas (flooring, siding, facades)

Here's the list of cons:

  • It's thin, so it can crack

  • Price

  • Difficulty finding it in your area

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