4 options for countertop surfaces

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen and need some advice on what sort of material to use for your countertops, this article will be a great place to start. There are a large variety of materials available on the market that can fit almost any design scheme that you may be trying to use in your kitchen.

1. Solid surfacing

Solid surfacing is made from polyester and acrylic and is sometimes known as Corian, which was one of the first brands it was sold under. It is nonporous so there is no need for sealing or special cleaning methods for it. However, it can scratch and burn easily but this problem can be rectified by sanding. Another reason to choose solid surfacing is the wide variety of colors and patterns it comes in that can fit almost any color scheme.

2. Quartz

Quartz offers the best of both worlds- while it looks beautiful like stone with its chips tinted with color, it is also easy to care for like solid surfacing. So, it is easy to maintain and clean and is also very durable.

3. Granite

With its mottling and variety in natural colors and patterns, granite is one of the most popular materials used for counter tops. It can also deal with heat and knife nicks well and stands up to heat well, meaning that it is very strong and durable. However, it needs to be sealed so as to not get stained and is very heavy, requiring heave and strong supporting cabinets and features.


Tile is an inexpensive option and offers a great host of variety in design, color and material, so can be put to use in almost any aesthetic scheme. It is also very resistant to heat and nicks from knifes and can keep stains off. Also, if you manage to damage a few tiles, you do not have to change the whole counter to fix the damage. However, the uneven surface can make it difficult for some tasks like rolling out pies and using cutting boards. The grout also needs to be sealed to not get moldy or stained.

Consider these four fine options when deciding on what material to use for your kitchen countertops and make sure that you know the merits and shortcomings of each. There are also a host of other materials available if none of these match your needs.