Selecting a Countertop: Pros & Cons

I’m continually asked “what’s the best countertop” to use? Quite honestly there isn’t one simple answer. I usually ask questions such as,

  • “Do you cook lots of meals?”
  • “Do you meal prep or bake often?”
  • “Are you a spaghetti sauce or wine connoisseur?”
  • “Do you or your family members clean up a spill right away?”
  • “Do you or someone in your family forget to unplug the curling iron?”
  • “If your countertop cracked or chipped, would you be able to live with it?”

All of these questions help to determine what countertop is most suitable for your lifestyle.

Every type of countertop has its pros and cons in terms of durability, as well as heat and stain resistance. Below are some of the most common types of countertops with a list of their benefits and drawbacks:

Photo of beautiful countertop in kitchen for article explaining the pros and cons of different countertops

Butcher Block

Pros:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Direct cutting and slicing is an option

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to moisture and stains
  • Porous materials and susceptible to bacteria
  • Must be oiled and sealed frequently

Concrete

Pros:

  • Heat Resistant
  • Long-lasting material
  • Scratch resistant

Cons:

  • Porous surface and must be sealed regularly
  • Requires alot of maintenance
  • Expensive

 

Granite

Pros:

  • Resistant to heat and abrasion
  • Strong and durable material
  • Wide variety of colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Heavy and difficult to install
  • Requires regular sealing
  • Premium price

 

Marble

Pros:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Resistant to heat, cracking and breaking
  • Unique veining

Cons:

  • Requires regular sealing and maintenance
  • Susceptible to scratches and staining
  • Premium price

 

Quartz

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain, no sealing required
  • Resistant to mold, mildew and stains
  • Wide variety of color options

Cons:

  • Direct sunlight can fade color
  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • Vulnerable to scratches

 

Quartzite

Pros:

  • Durable and chip resistant
  • Stain resistant when properly sealed
  • Abundance of color options

Cons:

  • Heavy and challenging to install
  • Porous and requires sealing
  • Premium price

 

Soapstone

Pros:

  • Non-porous, resistant to heat and stains
  • Over time patina can create an antique appearance
  • Unique veining and color patterns

Cons:

  • Must be treated frequently with mineral oil
  • Surface is vulnerable to abrasive damage
  • Takes time for the patina to develop

 

Solid Surface Material

Pros:

  • Virtually invisible seams
  • Resistant to stains
  • Available in a variety or colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • Scratches, chips and dents easily
  • Moderately priced

Selecting the right countertop is one of the most important features in the design of your kitchen or bathroom. It’s an investment that you’ll want to enjoy for years to come, and your lifestyle will help determine the best countertop for your home.

If you are unsure of what’s the best material for you, feel free to contact us at (850) 904- 6622 to schedule a consultation. We’ve partnered with experienced vendors and installers to help make your new kitchen or bathroom come together seamlessly.