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Which Kitchen Countertop Choice is Right for You?

Whether you’re a prospective homebuyer touring a new house or an existing homeowner itching for a remodel, chances are you’ve got a critical eye on the kitchen countertops. This isn’t just  wild speculation; data shows that kitchen countertops have been the most popular home renovation project for several years now. 


While many people agree that new kitchen countertops are a must, opinions differ on which material is best. Laminate countertops, quartz countertops, and granite countertops all have their fans. The options may seem overwhelming, but here’s the good news: regardless of your choice, you’re sure to end up with a countertop that is beautiful, functional, and will last for years to come. 

Factors to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Choosing kitchen countertops is often an emotional decision, and understandably so: the kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you prep meals, set out baked goods, converse with friends and family, or sometimes just let mail pile up.


Hey, it can’t always be glamorous. Functionality is important, too!


Which countertop is the best choice for your kitchen depends on a number of factors. You’ll need to consider your lifestyle, budget, and desired aesthetics. Ask yourself questions like:


  • How often do I cook?

  • How will I utilize the countertops?

  • How much maintenance am I willing to do?

  • How much space do I need?

  • What’s my budget?

  • Which materials and colors fit my home’s aesthetic?


The answers to these questions will give you a baseline to work with and should help you narrow down your choices. Porous materials like granite, for instance, require more TLC — so if you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort for regular cleaning, you’ll probably be better off with a material that’s easier to care for, like quartz. 

Kitchen Countertop Materials: Pros & Cons

Three of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops today are laminate, quartz, and granite. Each has distinct advantages and disadvantages; let’s break them down to help you decide which works best in your kitchen.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops have been a popular choice for decades, and with good reason: they are generally the most affordable option. But price isn’t their only selling point; laminate countertops are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to mimic the look of stone or tile at a fraction of the cost. They’re also easy to match with your existing decor. Laminate is easy to clean and resistant to stains, making it a good option for busy families, especially those with young children. 


However, laminate isn’t as durable as other materials. It’s susceptible to heat damage and can scratch easily. Laminate countertops may not add much value to your home, and they generally have a shorter lifespan than quartz or granite.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops have surged in popularity in recent years, overtaking granite as the top choice for kitchen countertops. Made from crushed quartz and resin, they offer the sophisticated look of natural stone, boast superior durability, and are easy to clean. Quartz is non-porous, making it resistant to stains, scratches, and bacteria. It's also relatively low-maintenance and doesn't require sealing.


The downside? Quartz can be costly, depending on the brand and design. While it's a great investment, it might not be the most budget-conscious choice.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops offer timeless elegance and natural beauty. Each slab is unique, with its own veining patterns, adding a touch of luxury to your kitchen. Granite is very durable and heat-resistant, making it perfect for busy cooks. However, it’s a porous stone, so it requires regular sealing and to prevent stains and can chip easily.


Granite countertops are a great investment that can add significant value to your home. On the downside, they can be quite heavy and may require professional installation. Like quartz, granite can be on the pricier side. 


Ultimately, the best kitchen countertops are the ones that best suit your needs and complement your dream kitchen. The Marling Lumber & HomeWorks team is happy to assist you in selecting kitchen countertops for your home. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote, or stop by one of our showrooms to check out your options in person.



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