Décor & Design

7 Tried-&-True Countertop Materials

March 21, 2024

There are several key landing areas in a kitchen that not only get the most use but are also eye-catching. Cabinetry and flooring are big components, but so, too, are countertops. A beautiful blend of form and function, choosing the right countertop material is not only about looks but also lifespan, maintenance, and cost. If you’re renovating your kitchen and need some help deciding on a countertop, we’re got seven tried-and-true materials to consider. —Jennifer Cox


Granite has been the countertop material of choice for years. Why? It’s pretty low-key in that it only needs to be sealed annually, and if you do so, it will likely never need to be repaired or replaced. It is heat- and scratch-resistant, and it comes in a wide range of beautiful colours to match any style.


There might not be anything prettier in the countertop world than a slab of gorgeously veined marble. While we might love the look of this material, it should also be mentioned that because this is a natural stone, it is porous and will need regular sealing (as often as four times a year). It can also scratch easily and discolour if something is left on it for too long (like a lemon slice).


Soapstone is really pretty and looks stunning in a modern kitchen. But it is quite soft and delicate, meaning you will have to use care when doing anything on them (like cutting, pounding with a tenderizer, etc.). Even your fingernail can leave a dent in soapstone countertops. The good news is: any wear and tear can be buffed out.


This is the material that will give you the biggest bang for your buck as it’s one of the cheaper options and it doesn’t require any maintenance. There’s a wide range of colour and pattern choices and it’s easy to install yourself. The only problem is, if it does get damaged, there’s no way to repair it. And in terms of resale later on, laminate is viewed as the least desirable countertop material.


Quartz countertops are an engineered stone that is nonporous, meaning it can resist stains as well as cracks. It is very solid and durable, so it won’t chip or scratch, and because it comes in such an array of colours, it can be used in almost any décor or style of home. However, because of its sturdiness, it can be tricky to install. It is also susceptible to heat damage.

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How handy to have countertops that can double as cutting boards! Wood countertops are really beautiful, which is the main reason people choose them. They are, however, very prone to damage. They also need to be regularly sealed and sealed well – otherwise, bacteria from food and water can seep into the wood and cause it to mold.


Industrial and chic, concrete can be a really interesting countertop choice. This material is very strong and will last for a long time because it resists damage from heat and scratches. But this is definitely the more expensive choice, with a cost per square foot of almost triple or quadruple that of other countertop materials. It can stain so it will need to be sealed, and because of its massive weight, it can be taxing on surrounding floors and cabinetry.


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