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Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide

Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide

Finding the perfect countertop shouldn’t be a challenge. That’s why we’ve assembled some points to consider when finding the surface that’s right for your home and budget.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate Countertop

Laminate countertops consist of sheeting glued to plywood or particleboard substrate. The result is a beautiful, affordable countertop that’s quite durable. Laminate countertops resist water, are the easiest surface to clean and maintain and come in hundreds of color and style options. And, because they’re easy to install, our installation specialists will help you quickly so you're back to your routine with minimal downtime.

If you do choose laminate countertops, keep in mind that they are not suitable for cutting and sometimes have visible seams and edges.
Laminate countertops are the least heat resistant,
so be sure to use a trivet.

Solid Surface Countertops

Solid Surface Countertops

Solid surface countertops are made of non-porous, acrylic material for a visually seamless appearance. They are available in a range of colors and patterns, including some eco-friendly options, and offer the option of an integral sink and backsplash. Solid surface countertops resist water, bacteria and stains, providing a low-maintenance option for your home.

Do use caution with you solid surface countertops. They are susceptible to scratching and less heat-resistant than quartz or granite.

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertop

Granite countertops are crafted from beautiful, durable, natural stone.  Visually rich and dynamic, granite countertops are highly heat-resistant and can stand up to stains and bacteria when properly sealed.  And, thanks to their ultra smooth texture, granite is phenomenal for baking preparations. 

Granite countertops do have visible seams.  To maintain your granite, seal it yearly to ensure bacteria resistance.  Use caution around stress points as the stone can split.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertop

Quartz is another non-porous, natural stone countertop option that is the most durable option available. Like granite, quartz resists heat, water, bacteria and stains, but is easier to maintain. Quartz countertops have more consistent colors and patterns and are very easy to clean.

With quartz, there are fewer shades to choose from and you will have to contend with visible seams, but with so many other benefits, quartz is a wonderful choice for countertops that last.

Although natural stone countertops are heat resistant, it's a good idea to protect all surfaces from hot pots and pans with hot pads or trivets.

Combining Countertop Surfaces

For a truly customized cooking experience, a combination of different countertops can be designed for specific kitchen tasks. For example, stone surfaces work nicely near the range for placement of hot pots and pans, while solid surfaces are perfect for use around the sink for easy cleaning.

Because of special exceptions, combinations of countertops could be the most expensive option. Speak with a kitchen project specialist about your budget or needs to find the perfect countertop options for your kitchen.