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Kitchen Countertops Types – Pros and Cons

Countertop/Benchtop

There are various kitchen countertops depending on usage, materials, finish types, etc. In this article, you will find kitchen countertops depending on materials with their pros and cons.

Types Depending on Materials

1.Quartz

quartz countertop

PROS

  • Offers a maintenance-free work surface
  • Extremely hard and durable
  • Nonporous
  • Less likely to crack or chip
  • Resistant to stain or acid
  • Heat resistant

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Discolour over time when exposed to direct sunlight
  • Quite heavy

FINISH TYPES: smooth to flecked appearance

2.Granite

granite countertop

PROS

  • Visually appealing and add value
  • Most heat resistant
  • Stain and scratch-resistant
  • Very hard and durable
  • Recyclable

CONS

  • Not uniform in colour or appearance
  • Must be sealed properly otherwise can be porous
  • Prone to crack or chip
  • Labor-intensive installation or appearance

FINISH TYPES: polished, brushed, sandblasted, flamed

3.Marble

marble countertop

PROS

  • Elegant with a variety of hues
  • Heat resistant
  • Less expensive
  • Widely available

CONS

  • Prone to scratches and stains due to its porous nature

FINISH TYPES: polished, brushed, sandblasted, flamed

4.Wood

wood countertop

PROS

  • Beauty in appearance
  • Works well with all design styles
  • Provides warm look and feel
  • Strong and durable
  • Recyclable and biodegradable

CONS

  • Prone to water damage
  • Wear and tear
  • Prone to scratches and stains
  • Expand and contract to temperature changes

FINISH TYPES: oil or lacquer finish

5.Laminate

PROS

  • Least expensive
  • Easy to install
  • Variety of colours, designs and styles
  • Can achieve the look of stone or granite

CONS

  • Prone to scratches, stains
  • Not good for resale

6.Stainless Steel

PROS

  • Very durable and resilient
  • Perfect for contemporary kitchen
  • Shiny, non-porous -stain-free
  • Heat resistant, rust corrosion and stain resistant
  • Recyclable

CONS

  • Prone to scratches
  • Easily dented if not maintained properly
  • Cold and noisy

FINISH TYPES: smooth, antique matte or specialty

7.Concrete

kitchen countertops

PROS

  • Can achieve the look of stone or granite
  • Tile /stone/glass/other material can be embedded
  • Extremely hard and tough, durable
  • Resistant to heat
  • Scratch-resistant

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Need to be sealed properly to protect from stains, water and heat damage
  • Requires maintenance

FINISH TYPES: Concrete gives industrial looking surface

8.Travertine

kitchen countertops

PROS

  • Elegant and aesthetic
  • Reflects light which brightens the kitchen
  • Eco-friendly
  • Can be made to fit any shape or size

CONS

  • Reacts easily to acids
  • Easy to get the stain
  • To be resealed every 2-3 years
  • Easy to scratch due to its soft nature

9.Limestone

kitchen countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Merge with any design and colour
  • Affordable
  • Environment-friendly

CONS

  • Reacts easily to acids
  • Easy to get the stain
  • Easy to scratch due to its soft nature

10.Slate

kitchen countertops

PROS

  • Uniform appearance
  • Nonporous
  • Stain and scratch-resistant
  • More affordable, least expensive

CONS

  • Corners are brittle and sharp
  • More subdued than other options

11.Glass

kitchen countertops

PROS

  • Extremely durable
  • Can be achieved any shape and style
  • Easily pairs with any other material
  • Heat resistant
  • Resistant to stain
  • Recyclable

CONS

  • Prone to damage easily
  • Heavy or sharp objects tend to crack, chip or dent
  • Costly to repair

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