Homeowners have many different choices when it comes to the types of countertops for a kitchen or a bathroom. Choosing the right option for a new home construction or a home renovation starts with understanding the possibilities, creating a budget, and making a list of the pros and cons of each.
To help get started, here are the most common types of countertops in homes today. There is a difference in price between these options and even within a specific category of material.
Wood countertops or butcher block countertops are not as common today as in the past. They are high maintenance and need to be carefully maintained to prevent issues with cross-contamination and bacteria on food preparation surfaces.
Laminate comes in many different styles and colors and can mimic most other countertops in appearance but not in texture or durability. This is a low-cost option but will need to be replaced every few years as it is easily damaged.
Concrete countertops are fairly durable, although they can be damaged. They are customizable, and it is possible to polish or add aggregates or glass to the surface for a one-of-a-kind look.
Natural stone, including marble, granite, or soapstone, is a classic choice for a kitchen or bathroom countertop. These natural stone countertops will last a lifetime. They do require sealing as needed, but this is an easy do-it-yourself project.
Quartz countertops are made of pulverized quartz and aggregates combined with about five to seven percent resin. They are durable, come in an array of colors and patterns, and provide a smooth, lustrous surface that never needs to be sealed.
There are other types of countertops as well, including tile, resin, limestone, solid surface, and stainless steel.