Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Countertop Materials

Looking for new countertop materials can be hard. There are so many options out there that each have their own pros and cons, but it can be time consuming to research every material out there. To make your decision easier, here is a list of pros and cons of the most popular countertop materials:

Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Countertop Materials

Granite

Still the number one choice for countertops, granite has a natural beauty that is stunning. Every slab is 100% unique so you know your countertops won’t be matching anyone else’s.

Pros:

  • Unique
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • Durable
  • Heat resistant
  • Stain and scratch resistant
  • Water resistant when sealed
  • Clean-up is easy

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • High maintenance
  • Can crack and break during transportation or installation

An average cost of granite is $45-$100 per square foot. Some select granite choices can get as expensive as $150-$200 per square foot. The average countertop is 40 square-feet, so your total will be about $3,000 to $5,000.

Quartz

Quartz is the material that gives granite a run for its money. With the same look of a natural stone and the durability of one, quartz doesn’t require as much maintenance as granite.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • More flexible, which allows it to be more durable to stress
  • Non-porous so no sealing required
  • Stain and crack resistant
  • Wide range of colors
  • Clean-up is easy
  • Antibacterial

Cons:

  • Not heat resistant
  • Seams can easily be seen when slabs are put together

On average, quartz costs $60-$100 per square foot, costing you for an average 40-square-foot counter $2,500 to $4,500.

Corian

This is a man-made, solid product that is seamless and provides a durable, hygienic, non porous surface. It comes in many colors, hues, and patterns and can easily fit with whatever style you are looking for.

Pros:

  • Non porous, no sealing
  • Seamless
  • Stain resistant
  • Customizable
  • Quick installation
  • Clean-up is easy.

Cons:

  • Not heat resistant
  • Scratched or dented easily
  • Not natural stone

Corian costs about $40 to $90 per square foot.

Laminate

Although many natural stone lovers scoff at laminate, it is still a widely used material for countertops. It is budget-friendly and new designs are helping laminate make a comeback.

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Stain resistant
  • Easily cleaned
  • Variety of styles

Cons:

  • Can crack, scratch, or get burned over the years
  • Difficult to repair

On the budget-friendly side, laminate costs $8 to $20 per square foot.

For more pros and cons for different countertop material, call King’s Granite and Marble today at  (713) 992-4326.