A Guide To Kitchen Countertops For 2020

Are you looking for a guide to kitchen countertops? We all know the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. It’s a high-traffic area that often serves many purposes. It’s a room that mixes functionality with style, because most people use their kitchens for both cooking and entertaining. The countertop is the focal point of most kitchens, so choosing the right material can be a daunting task.

Like most things with home design, there’s no one right answer. The right material for your home depends on a lot of factors. It’s important to ask yourself a few questions:

How much do I want to spend?
What amount of maintenance and upkeep do I want to have?
How do I want my countertop to look?

Once you know these answers, choosing the right material is a much easier feat. Let’s go through some of the top countertop material options out there so that you can make the right choice for your home.


Here are 9 kitchen countertop options to consider

One: Granite

Granite is a popular choice and a longtime favorite kitchen countertop option. It is a natural stone. It has several different patterns and colors to choose from. It’s durable and heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. Like most natural stones, granite requires a bit of special care, and it also carries a pretty hefty price tag.

Two: Quartz

If you’re looking for durability and a more consistent texture than granite, quartz counters might be a perfect choice. Quartz costs about as much as granite, but it’s an engineered stone. Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need sealing, yet it’s incredibly resistant to moisture and scratches.

Three: Concrete

Concrete counters are an option if you want something unique and industrial. It’s very versatile and cost-effective. However, you’ll have to seal concrete pretty regularly to keep moisture from damaging it.

Four: Marble

If you want luxury, marble is the way to go. It’s a sought-after material for high-end homeowners everywhere. However, it’s a fussy material that can scratch easily. It’s costly, but if you’re looking for luxe, marble is a top choice.

Five: Solid Surface

Usually people associate white solid surface countertops with the bathroom, but they’re a fantastic choice for your kitchen as well. Solid surface is created by blending stone-derived materials with acrylic polymers. The final result is a versatile and durable countertop option. It’s cost-effective and low maintenance. Repairs are also a breeze.

Six: Metal

While there are several different metals to choose from, stainless steel is the most popular countertop metal. Stainless steel is a popular choice for professional kitchens, because it’s easy to clean and durable. However, stainless steel dents easily and fingerprints can become a real nightmare. The cost of stainless steel varies, too, depending on whether you do a custom or prefabricated counter.

Seven: Wood

Wooden counters have an undeniable rustic charm. Wood and butcher block countertops provide a warmth and texture that other materials just can’t offer. Wood typically tends to be pretty cost-effective. However, wood is more susceptible to stains, cuts, and other damage. So, you’ll have to refinish and abide by proper care and cleaning rules.

Eight: Laminate

Laminate countertops are the budget-conscious designer’s dream. Laminate comes in an assortment of styles and colors, and its quality has improved dramatically over the years. While it gets damaged easier than some of the more expensive, durable alternatives, laminate is simple to clean and easy to install.

Nine: Glass

For an edgier, more unique route, glass countertops are a perfect choice. They’re durable, heat-tolerant, and stain-resistant. They’re also simple to clean. Glass countertop designs are only limited to your imagination. You can use recycled glass, go for a stained-glass look, add a backlight, add paints, and more to stylize your glass counter.

Choosing a Kitchen Countertop Material

The nine materials above are some of the most popular countertop options. Ultimately, it all comes down to your budget, maintenance goals, and aesthetic preference. You’ll want to choose a countertop that fits all your needs.

For instance, if you’re looking for the most cost-effective options, laminate or solid surface is the way to go. If you’re looking for luxury, go for marble. If you want durability, quartz or granite are solid choices. If you want something classic, wood or metal are fantastic choices. If you want something unique, go for glass or concrete.

In the end, the decision is yours. Decide what matters most to you, and choose a material that fits the bill. We hope a guide to kitchen countertops we provided gives you the answers you are looking for to launch your next kitchen remodeling project.

About the Author

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

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