Pros and Cons of Countertop Materials
Weigh the pros and cons of different countertop materials to find the perfect fit for your space.
Natural stone, such as granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, and slate, varies in color and pattern, which means that no two slabs are exactly alike. Before purchasing a slab, take a large sample home to make sure you've found the perfect piece.
• Always stylish
• Susceptible to stains
• Requires routine maintenance, including cleaning and sealing
• Scratches and cracks (but can be buffed)
Budget: $50-$150/sq foot
More durable than natural stone, engineered stone -- a composite material made of resins plus natural stone such as quartz, marble, or granite -- is available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes.
• Easy to clean
• Not as natural-looking as solid stone
• Heat exposure over time might cause damage
Budget: $50-$100/sq foot
Solid-surfacing is a low-maintenance, budget-friendly alternative to natural or engineered stone. Consisting of a combination of manufactured materials, solid-surfacing can be easily customized to suit your needs.
• Does not fade
• Can be repaired
• Can be scorched
• Can be scratched
• Not as natural-looking as stone and engineered stone
Budget: $40-$150/sq foot
Whether you opt for traditional cherry or hardworking butcher block, wood adds instant warmth to any kitchen design.
• Ages well with use
• Certain types can be used as a cutting surface
• Vulnerable to moisture, heat, and stains
• Requires frequent maintenance