For homeowners planning a kitchen remodeling project, the choice of countertops can feel overwhelming. Homeowners today face a bewildering variety of countertop choices - from granite to butcher block, and so much more! If you're feeling overwhelmed, narrow your choices by assessing your exact needs. Some countertop materials are better suited for a stylish presentation; and some materials are better suited for durability.
Our handy guide below presents five of the most popular kitchen countertops materials. To simplify your kitchen renovation, choose the single best material for your lifestyle. Or mix and match the materials below to create a balance of style and durability.
Top Kitchen Countertop Materials
A long-time staple of kitchen remodeling projects, granite is still one of the most popular countertop choices today. Durable and practical, a granite countertop is perfect for homeowners with children or for serious home cooks. Granite offers heat and scratch-resistance and is easy to clean. Just remember: granite does require maintenance. A period sealing will help protect the material.
For a traditional feel, a butcher block countertop is a strikingly beautiful choice for your kitchen upgrade. Long favored by serious home cooks, a butcher block countertop can also serve as a cutting board. A butcher block table might stain more easily than granite or stainless steel, but stains - and knife marks - can be easily sanded. Like granite, wood requires a periodic sealing to protect the material.
Marble is perhaps the best material for a dramatic and stylish presentation. Unfortunately, style comes at a price: marble is not the most durable kitchen countertop material. Marble is a softer stone material so it can chip more easily than granite. Marble is also prone to stains - so you'll have to remember to wipe any spills quickly! Like granite and wood, marble also requires a periodic sealing.
A stainless steel countertop will add a contemporary no-nonsense appeal to your kitchen renovation. A long-time staple in industrial kitchens, stainless steel is also a practical choice for most homeowners. It is durable and easy-to-clean with soap and water or an industrial stainless steel cleaner. Just make sure you rinse stainless steel and dry thoroughly to avoid soap stains.
A tile countertop offers homeowners limitless design possibilities. With an endless variety of colors, materials, and sizes, you can customize your tile countertop to suit the visual feel your unique kitchen makeover. Like granite, tiles are essentially heat and stain-resistant, but, like marble, tiles do not present the most durable countertop option. Tiles can easily chipped. Happily, chipped tiles are easy to replace. In fact, most homeowners keep a few extra - just in case!
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