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A Quick Overview of Countertop Material Options

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Explore our quick overview of counter options, then click on the heading to find out more about each type.

 

 

Should I cut on it?

 

Yes

Yes

No

No

Should I roll dough on it?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Should I place a hot pot on it?

 

Yes

No

No

No

Is it virtually stain-proof?

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

No

Main advantage?

 

Durable

 

Durable

Durable and can form integral sink

Low cost

Main disadvantage?

 

Expensive and requires sealing

 

Expensive

Not good for hot pots and pans

Layers make it harder to repair when chipped

Expect to pay per sq. ft.

 

$70-$100

 

$45-$125

 

$40-$90

 

 

$10-$45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I cut on it?

Yes

No

No

No

Should I roll dough on it?

No

No

No

Yes

Should I place a hot pot on it?

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Is it virtually stain-proof?

 

No

No

Yes, but grout is not

Yes

Main advantage?

 

Good for cutting and chopping

 

Textured look, easily shaped, custom colors

 

Artistic look

 

 

Clean look and can form integral sink

 

Main disadvantage?

 

Requires sealing and shouldn't be near sink

 

Requires sealing

Not a smooth surface; grout can discolor

 

Shows scratches and fingerprints

 

Expect to pay per sq. ft.

 

$40-$150

 

 

$80-$150

 

 

$10-$100

 

 

$85-$200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I cut on it?

Yes

No

Yes

Should I roll
dough on it?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Should I place a hot pot on it?

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Is it virtually stain-proof?

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Main advantage?

Available in many (and custom) colors

 

Hygenic; available
in limitless colors and shapes

 

Durable and sustainable

Main disadvantage?

Expensive and is harder to repair because
of single slab

Will crack if heavy objects drop on it; hard to repair

More common in commercial kitchens

Expect to pay per
sq. ft.

$210 & up

 

$60-$300

 

$65-$75

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