Pros and Cons of Countertop Materials
Weigh the pros and cons of different countertop materials to find the perfect fit for your space.
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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
Borrowed from restaurant kitchens, stainless-steel countertops are an ideal cook's companion.
• Scratches and dents easily