The Countertop Guide You Didn't Know You Needed

We cook, eat, clean, gather, and do life in our kitchens.  For many, the kitchen island has supplanted the dining room table as the main gathering place in the home. With so much activity and life happening in the kitchen, you need to get your counter choice right the first time.

Of course, we are partial to the beauty and functionality of wood countertops.  Wood has become the choice for ours customers who want to add warmth and beauty to their kitchens while also having a statement piece that becomes the envy of their friends.

Wood countertops might not be for you, however, and we want you to make the right choice.  

We put together a guide gathering the pros and cons of popular countertop options so you can be confident with your decision.   

Overall Countertop Similarities 

  • Countertops come in a wide array of colors and edge detailing

  • Can be custom fit for your space with unique cut outs for stoves and sinks

  • With natural materials, no two surfaces look the same

  • Very few are maintenance free

Wood

Edge Grain Black Walnut

Edge Grain Black Walnut

Pros

  • Instantly adds warmth and character to a space

  • Depending on fabrication, food can be prepared on the surface

  • Easy to install

  • With Conversion Varnish, it’s water resistant and zero maintenance

  • With Osmo Finish, it’s easy to fix scratches

Cons

  • Can scratch easily

  • Not resistant to heat

Granite

Pros

  • Scratch and heat resistant 

  • Durable, hard material 

  • Spills wipe up quickly and cleanly

Cons

  • Harder to install

  • Needs to be sealed regularly 

  • Repairs are costly

Marble

Pros

  • Classic, timeless and bright white beauty

  • With naturally cool temperature, it’s great for baking

  • While many think it’s costly, the Carrara option is the least expensive natural stone countertops 

Cons

  • Maintenance and sealing is necessary 

  • Etching and staining can easily occur with acid ingredients

quartz

Pros

  • Man Made material that is very durable, low maintenance

  • Because the product is manmade, there is a wide range of colors 

  • Since it non-porous it resists stains easily

  • Versatile in design trends, though mostly favors modern decor

Cons

  • More expensive 

  • Isn’t as heat resistant as granite or concrete

  • Can be difficult to disguise seams

  • While it’s heat resistant, overexposure to high heat can melt the resins and cause permanent damage

  • Difficult to install

quartzite

Pros

  • Natural Material that is harder than granite and quartz

  • High heat tolerance

  • It looks like marble, but won’t etch and is easier to care for

  • Very low maintenance 

Cons

  • It’s expensive and costs more than Quartz

Soapstone

Pros

  • It’s a stunning and natural surface

  • While it can get scratched easily, it’s easy to buff away imperfections

Cons

  • May not be a con depending on personal preference, but it does develop a patina with use

  • Typically comes in only grey tones

Concrete

Pros

  • When properly sealed, the surface is stain, heat and water resistant 

  • Customizable in color, thickness, size, edge and texture

  • Seams are easy to disguise 

Cons

  • May not be a con depending on personal preference, but it does develop a patina with use

  • It’s permanent

  • Hard to install, best to ask someone with experience or a professional

Colleen Tatum