Want to remodel your kitchen but don’t necessarily want to rip up flooring and tear down the walls and expand? There are other things you can do without completely remodeling—such as replacing the countertops. Even if this is the only way you update your kitchen, it can make a big impact!
And one of the best things is you have a lot of different choices. There are a variety of countertop materials to choose from for your kitchen (or bathroom):
Your Countertop Options
Marble: While one of the most beautiful stones, marble isn’t exactly a low-maintenance option. You have to take care to ensure your countertops stay looking nice—for instance, try to use coasters for all glasses, especially those with alcohol or citrus juice and keep in mind that marble can’t sustain heat as well as other materials.
Granite: Granite is a great alternative to marble—it’s more durable and able to imitate the unique veining appearance many people find appealing in marble. Granite is also resistant to scratching and other damage.
Quartz: An engineered stone, quartz is low-maintenance and available in a wide range of colors (even more than granite). It also has a nonporous surface that resists scratching and staining, which makes it great for both kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Solid surface: Made of durable solid acrylic, solid surface countertops will last for a long time with hardly any maintenance (they’re easy to repair with light buffing when needed). Scratching, staining, and scorching shouldn’t be a problem with these types of countertops.
Laminate: Laminate countertops are made of synthetics cut to size and finished on the ends. One of the most affordable countertop options, laminate is easy to clean and maintain.
Stainless steel: If you want a modern or transitional kitchen, stainless steel countertops can help you achieve that look. Although stainless steel countertops can be dented more easily than other types, they can last a lifetime with proper care.
Soapstone: Soapstone countertops used to be predominately in older homes, but nowadays, you can find them in many modern kitchens and bathrooms. They do require some maintenance, but they provide elegance and unique beauty and can add a touch of luxury to any room.
Butcher block/wood: Butcher block or wood countertops lend authenticity to country and rustic style kitchens, adding warmth and charm unmatched by other materials. Wood countertops aren’t ideal for the bathroom (since they tend to be higher-moisture areas), but they work well in kitchens and can be sanded and resealed as needed.
Tile: Both ceramic and porcelain tile countertops are affordable, available in a wide variety of colors and can complement nearly any kitchen or bathroom.
Concrete: Extremely versatile, concrete can be cast into any shape and can even be tinted in any color. Although not as resistant to staining and heat, concrete countertops stand up pretty well to heavy use.