After you’ve chosen a kitchen layout, the next questions are regarding the kitchen surfaces and appliances. The difference between a beautiful and forgettable kitchen depend on these two factors. In this post, we discuss the pros and cons of several surfaces used in kitchen countertops. Countertops can see a lot of wear and tear. As such, it’s important to consider both aesthetic and function when making a decision. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different countertop options, and the pros and cons of each.\r\n\r\nGoing for a natural look? There are a few types of materials to consider. If you want a stone countertop, your choices are granite, marble, or soapstone. With natural stone surfaces, each piece is unique, and there are several different colors to choose from.\r\n\r\nGranite can withstand the wear and tear of everyday abuse from knife nicks, splashes, and heat. Granite requires some maintenance though, and needs to be sealed every so often to avoid staining. Another choice of stone is marble. This surface can be used in the kitchen, but it is probably best to use it in just a few small places. Marble can be pricey and is susceptible to staining, even when it is sealed. That said, if you’re looking for something truly unique, marble deserves your attention.\r\n\r\nAnother natural stone choice is soapstone. Soapstone is subtle with muted grey tones that darken over time and has a natural softness to it. It does need regular polishing with oil though, and overtime can crack. It also can easily be scratched and nicked by sharp knives. However, as with marble, it is an exotic surface. It helps turn a home until something truly custom and unique.\r\n\r\nIf man-made is more your style, there are plenty of synthetic options on the market for countertops that certainly come with benefits of their own. Solid surfacing is made of mostly acrylic and polyester. This surface is non-porous, so there is no need to seal it to protect from stains. Color options are endless, but it will have that artificial look and feel. It also doesn’t hold up to knife nicks or heat as well as natural stone.\r\n\r\nSimilar to solid surface counters, laminate is made of paper blended with resin and fused to particle board. This option is affordable and is very low maintenance. Laminate can be prone to scratching, burns, and staining. After time and exposure to moisture, the surface can begin to peel apart.\r\nTile can also be used for countertops and is resistant to staining, knife cuts, and heat. Keep in mind though, that tile creates an uneven surface that can be hard to balance a cutting board on or clean. Quartz countertops are the last option and, yes, are included with the synthetic materials. Quartz is a combination of resin and quartz chips mixed with a little bit of tint to add color. Quartz is relatively stain proof, cut resistant, and comes in a variety of colors. Quartz is an easy way to bridge the gap between natural and engineered materials for countertops.\r\n\r\nProvident homes has many different surfaces to choose from. We’re excited to show you multiple options, and help you decide on the perfect counter surface for your new home.