A Guide to Choosing Countertop Materials

A Guide to Choosing Countertop Materials

Before you begin shopping for countertops, make sure you have a well thought out plan for your project.

Before you begin shopping for countertops, make sure you have a well thought out plan for your project. You should consider how long you plan to be in your home, your cabinets, and the fixtures that you plan on using. You should also consider what upgrades have been done to similar homes in your area.

There are so many countertop options out there, you’ll definitely want to pick the best one to fit your needs.

Function Comes First

Every family’s needs are different, so there’s not any single best countertop. What a whole bunch of other people think is fabulous might be totally wrong for you. Do you do a lot of cooking? Do you have kids that make messes everywhere? Or, do you live in a kid-free zone and have cocktail parties? Rank different countertop characteristics according to how important they are to you: durability, resistance to stains, easy to clean, low maintenance, and more. Figure out what’s important to you.


Consider the look, feel, texture, and shades of the different countertop materials. Do you want a countertop that is cool to the touch? How about integrated sinks, seamless appearance and vibrant colors? Be sure to also consider the little things, such as thickness, overhang, and edge options. Make sure you love whatever you picked out. You will be living with it, after all.

Mix it Up a Little

Different countertop materials have different strengths. Some are easier to clean, while others may be more resistant to heat. It can be difficult to pick just one, and you don’t necessarily have to. More homeowners are figuring out that having more than one countertop material helps to create an ideal kitchen. For example, you might want a butcher block island for chopping, but a stone-topped area for baking. It’s all about what you want and what works best for your needs.

Know Your Budget

This part is a little less fun than picking designs, colors, and materials, but just as necessary. Setting a countertop budget for yourself and sticking to that budget will really help you narrow down the plethora of options that are available. Your budget, along with material costs, should cover delivery, installation, and any custom details, such as special edging, integrated sinks, and backsplashes.


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