Homeowners can easily become overwhelmed by the dozens of kitchen countertop options fanning out before them. When choosing to redesign your kitchen (or building a new one from the ground up), countertops can often become a sticking point.
Because, like every other aspect of your kitchen, the countertops are expected to look great, handle any workload you can throw at them, and stay dependable for decades. It’s not an area of your kitchen to skimp on. It’s an investment.
So to help make sure you’re making the right investment for your home and your family, here is a list of 12 different types of countertops, and the pros and cons you should consider for each.
- Many different colors and grains are available, meaning a granite countertop would match any kitchen.
- Highly durable material when well maintained.
- Widely available and often affordable. Some types of granite might cost as little as $50 per square foot.
- Timeless looks. You won’t have to worry about this natural stone looking “dated” in 10 or 15 years.
- Granite countertop prices can be all over the place. While it’s true that many people find great deals, some of the more exotic pieces of granite could easily climb to $250 per square feet or higher.
- Yearly maintenance is recommended. Granite is porous, so spilled coffee or wine might become permanent stains if you don’t reseal your countertops regularly.
- Durable but not indestructible. Heavy objects dropped onto granite might cause chips or cracks.