Top Options for Your Kitchen Countertop

Posted on: August 9, 2016

So you have decided to upgrade your Tampa Bay kitchen. You have talked to enough other folks who have gone through the ordeal and you have decided to hire the remodel experts at Midway Services.

One of the major decisions you have to make is your choice of countertop material. It is easily one of the most expensive elements in any kitchen remodel job, so you want to ensure you are making the best choice and within your budget.

Below are ten popular countertop options with advantages and disadvantages of each spelled out.

Granite

Advantages: This natural stone has been a staple of kitchen countertops for decades. Just like snowflakes, no two granite pieces are identical. This extremely hard material is resistant to spills, knife nicks, heat and cold.
Disadvantages: Granite is very dense and heavy, so it requires strong support cabinet boxes. And like any stone, it should be resealed from every once in a while  to avoid staining.
Price Range: $50 to $150 per square foot, installed

 

Solid Surfacing

Most commonly known by the brand name Corian, this material is manufactured from acrylic and polyester.
Advantages: This non-porous material requires very little maintenance over its live. Unlike granite, the colors and patterns are standardized. Normal installation is seamless, eliminating joints or cracks that can trap dirt or grow mildew.
Disadvantages:  These materials are often substituted for natural stone, yet they can look and feel artificial. It is more susceptible to dings and burns than granite, but these can usually be buffed or sanded out.
Price Range: $35 to $125 per square foot, installed

 

Quartz Surfacing

This material is made up of resin and quartz chips.It represents a compromise between the beauty of natural stone and the easy maintenance of solid surfacing.
Advantages:Just as maintenance free as solid surfacing. Since it is engineered, it is available in a greater variety of colors and patterns than natural stone.
Disadvantages: Can look “man made” since it is. Does not have the beauty of natural stone.
Price Range: $40 to $90 per square foot, installed

 

Marble

Sating back to the timeless structures of ancient Greece and Rome, marble has represented classical natural beauty and incredible strength and durability.
Advantages: Easily the most beautiful entry in the countertop options with its natural veining and elegant finish. It also remains constantly cool to the touch, making it a great choice for pastry and baking prep areas.
Disadvantages: Marble is very prone to staining, even when sealed. It can also scratch and chip more easily than other natural stone.
Price Range: $40 to $100 per square foot, installed

 

Tile

Ceramic or porcelain tile comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes and patterns, so it can be tailored to almost any décor.
Advantages: It is very resistant to heat, stains and sharp knives. If it does get damaged, individual tiles can be easily replaced.
Disadvantages: Because a tile countertop will have seams and can be a bit uneven, it presents a challenge for some food preparation – especially rolling out dough. The grout seams are prone to staining and the growth of mold or mildew.
Price Range: $10 to $80 per square foot, installed

 

Laminate

Laminate has been a popular choice for countertops for many years because of its affordable price. The material is made of paper and resins fused to particle board.
Advantages:  Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop materials, so it’s a good choice if your budget is tight. It is also very light weight, so it does not require extra sturdy supporting cabinets.
Disadvantages: The material is easily scratched, and is not resistant to burns or stains. The layers can also peel with excessive wear. The particle board substrate will be an issue if it gets wet or damaged.
Price Range: $10 to $30 per square foot, installed

 

Stainless Steel

Once found exclusively in commercial kitchens, stainless steel has found its way into residential kitchens in the past few years. They are virtually indestructible and always custom made.
Advantages: Stainless is almost indestructible. It is also resistant to heat and will not encourage bacteria growth. Provides a very distinct look to any kitchen remodel.
Disadvantages: Just like stainless steel appliances, the surface holds fingerprints and must be wiped down frequently. It can also dent and be noisier than other surfaces. Very expensive since all installations are custom made.
Price Range: $65 to $125 per square foot, installed

 

Concrete

Concrete countertops can add an industrial look and feel to a kitchen remodel. This extremely versatile material can be formed and fashioned to fit almost any décor.
Advantages: Stands up well to even heavy use. Can be cast in almost any shape and color. Easy to add unique inlays.
Disadvantages: Porous material stains easily, even with frequent sealing. Like any concrete surface, over time cracks can develop. It’s heavy weight requires a sturdy cabinet base for support. Price can be an issue since it’s a custom installation each time.
Price Range: $75 to $125 per square foot, installed

 

Butcher Block

A great natural choice for traditional kitchen designs. It is a warmer look than stone or laminate and gives a country feel to a kitchen remodel.
Advantages:  Natural wood appearance. Warmer to the touch than other countertop materials. Also quieter than harder surfaces. Many species are naturally heat resistant.
Disadvantages: Like any natural wood, butcher block will expand and contract. Harbors bacteria and needs frequent disinfecting. Frequent oiling is necessary to fill in scratches and protect the surface.
Price Range: $35 to $70 per square foot, installed

 

Contact the kitchen remodeling experts at Midway Services today to learn more about us and what we can bring to your home!