Kitchen Countertop Types

Kitchen Countertop Types

Do you know what type of countertop you want in your kitchen? With so many different types it can be hard to choose. Each type has its own pros and cons, plus a lot of your decision can be based off the look or feel of the material. Most countertop types have several options for colors, designs, and finishes. We’ll go through the most popular types to help you in your kitchen remodel.

Quartz

Quartz is engineered and shaped into slabs bound with resins which means the countertops are 93% quartz particles and other minerals. It was created to be a better-performing and more adaptable alternative to granite. More colors are available in quartz than granite and they are highly resistant to scratching.

Pros
  • No sealing required
  • Slabs are uniform
  • Resists stains
  • Can be custom fabricated
  • Adds value to your home             
Cons
  • Countertops are very heavy

Granite

Granite countertops have been a popular choice for years now and will continue to be so. Kitchens are enhanced when you choose a granite countertop instead of a less expensive option.

Pros
  • Heat imperiousness is high
  • Strong and durable
  • Adds value to your home
Cons
  • Knives will dull quickly if cutting on the granite
  • Can crack if stressed or improperly installed
  • More expensive than other options
  • Slabs might not be exactly the same
  • Depending on the granite type, you will have to seal it every 12-18 months

Solid Surface

While solid-surface countertops have been around for years, they are only recently gaining more traction. Solid surface counters are man-made by using a blend of acrylic particles and resins pressed into sheets. They are a great alternative if you have a lot of counter space that would be prohibitively expensive if you were to use granite or quartz.

Pros
  • Stain resistant
  • Damage can be sanded out
  • Many colors and patterns are available
Cons
  • Hot pans and pots can damage the surface
  • Vulnerable to harsh chemicals, like oven cleaners
  • Easily scratched by knives

Wood or Butcher Block

Are you looking for a more natural look for your countertops? Wood countertops create a beautiful country feel. They are available in many colors and finishes along with wood species. You need to be sure that you are ready for the upkeep that goes along with a wood countertop to maintain its beauty.

Pros
  • Easy to clean
  • Long-lasting when cared for properly
  • Can be sanded and resealed
Cons
  • Surface can be scratched and cut by knives
  • Water and stains can damage the counter over time
  • If not properly maintained, bacteria present a problem

At Keidel we offer a wide variety of countertops types, styles, and colors. We know there are a lot of different countertop types but we have several examples in our showroom for you. Schedule an appointment to talk with a specialist about your kitchen project.