Granite is one of the most popular options for those with a flexible budget and who want elegance in the kitchen. The benefits are numerous including the fact that it holds up well to heat and color, is available in thousands of colors and has the second highest hardness level possible. On the other hand, it is expensive and does require some regular maintenance to keep it looking good. You may have to seal it.
• Solid surface is another material that may work well as your countertop. The benefits include the fact that these counters can be sanded later, to remove any scratches. However, they do not granite and marble work well under a lot of heat and can be expensive.
• Engineered stone is a newer option that contains 93 percent quartz particles. it is nonporous and it is ideal for those who want a product that is resistant to stain and acid. It is expensive, but may be the best long term option.
• Laminates are another type of material and one of the more popular options. These are plastic coated synthetics. They are easy to clean and are easy to install (just cut and fit into place.) However, if you chip it, you will have a hard time repairing it. Some products may be more expensive.
• Butcher block, which is also known as a wood countertop, is a beautiful option and very easy to use. They are easy to maintain and clean and you can sand them down and seal it over when you need to do so. You will need to seal it and you may need to avoid damage from water that can occur over time.
• Consider stainless steel, too. This is becoming a more popular option for those who want a modern kitchen. It can handle heat very well and is easy to clean. It can be expensive and the fabrication process can be very difficult and expensive. It also is difficult to cut on.
Replacing a countertop can be one of the most effective methods for improving the look and function of your kitchen or bathroom. However, there are numerous product choices to consider, each one offering something unique and different from the next.