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Counter-tops The Pros and Cons

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It can be challenging to choose a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom. You need to consider durability, the cost of the material plus installation, and how it will fit with your decor. When choosing your countertop make sure you consider the pros and cons of the materials you’re considering, especially since materials can be comparable in cost.

Bamboo – $$

The material might be eco-friendly, add warmth, and look great at first, but it’s easily stained, scorched, and nickeled. Check if you can use it near a sink, since moisture can warp it. Reapplying mineral oil beeswax may be necessary in some cases.

Butcher Block – $$

Varnished butcher block is stain-resistant, but terrible at everything else. Wood that has been oil-finished resists heat better, but stains spread and are impossible to remove. Moreover, it is not a good choice for a sink area.

Concrete – $$

The quality may vary since it’s custom-formed. It is easy for concrete to chip and scratch, as well as develop hairline cracks. Stains can be prevented with topical sealers, but heat cannot. Heat is not a problem for penetration sealers, but stains are.

Granite – $$

Stone slabs are all unique. Granite is not damaged by heat, cuts, or scratches, but its corners and edges can chip. When properly sealed, polished and matte finishes resist most stains. However, there is a need to reseal granite on a periodic basis.


Soapstone – $$

Unlike granite, it’s not widely available, and it looks stunning. The material resists heat damage, and small scratches can be sanded finely and coated with mineral oil. But it nicks, cuts, and scratches easily, and some tough stains won’t wash away.

Laminate – $

Inexpensive and stylish options with decorative edges abound. Stains and heat don’t damage the laminates, but cutting directly on it does, and abrasives can mar.

Marble – $$$

Marble takes on a patina, to some, but others see it as marred. Small nicks and scratches can be polished out, but marble chips easily and needs to be resealed periodically. On sealed marble, most stains wipe away with water.

Quartz $$

Also known as engineered stone, quartz is a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments and is ideal for areas that get plenty of use and abuse. It comes in an array of vibrant colors and styles that mimic stone. Edges and corners can chip and only a pro can repair them. Rounded edges help.

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