a
MENU
CLOSE

CALL US
P: 828-552-3222

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

SCROGGS BLOG // Revealing Our Top 7 Countertop Materials to Consider For Your Kitchen Remodel

Changing countertop materials during a remodel is an easy way to elevate your kitchen or embrace the rustic chic design style you’ve been eyeing for years. While there are many options available on the market, here are the top seven we suggest considering for your project.

“If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then kitchen countertops are the backbone. From our morning coffee to our dinner prep, everything we do in the kitchen starts on our countertops—making them an essential part of the remodeling process.

Deciding On Countertop Materials

Remodeling your home involves seemingly endless decisions about color, texture, style, price, and more. We encourage you to ask yourself a few questions to clarify your options before proceeding with construction.

Firstly, think about how you want your kitchen countertops to look. Do you prefer them to blend seamlessly into the rest of the space, or do you want to use them to make a design statement? Is there a particular style you’re focused on in this remodel—farmhouse, rustic, cottage, modern, etc.?

Secondly, keep your budget in mind. Some countertop materials are more expensive and harder to come by than others. However, don’t worry if you fall in love with one specific material that feels out of your price range. There’s almost always another material able to satisfy both your budget and artistic vision.

Luxurious and simple modern farmhouse kitchen with white tiled walls, stainless steel appliances, white granite kitchen countertops, and gold accent fixtures.

Seven Countertop Materials To Consider For Your Kitchen Remodel

Soapstone

Soapstone is a naturally occurring, non-porous stone made of magnesium-rich talc and other minerals. It’s not manufactured using synthetic chemicals, and its extraction doesn’t harm the earth, making it an easy choice for environmentally conscious individuals. It can also be recycled. Because it is a natural stone, each slab is one-of-a-kind and lends your kitchen an earthy warmth not found with synthetic materials.

  • Pros: naturally antimicrobial, easier to shape and install, easy daily maintenance, environmentally friendly
  • Cons: susceptible to chips and dents, not uniform, will darken over time, more expensive, only available in certain colors

“Each piece is unique, and there are endless variations that arise due to factors like geographical sourcing, color, patterns, and impurities.”

Granite

This countertop material is popular for good reason and makes a good choice for those who need durable, long-lasting countertops that can easily withstand daily wear and tear. Like soapstone, it is a naturally occurring material. Unlike soapstone, it is porous and requires regular sealings to maintain its stain resistance. Granite is also heat-resistant, available in many colors, and can be finished in a variety of ways. 

  • Pros: durable and tough, heat-resistant, easy to clean, available in multiple colors and finishes
  • Cons: requires regular sealing, heavy and difficult to install, more expensive
Luxury home interior boasts beautiful black and white kitchen with custom white shaker cabinets, endless marble-topped kitchen island with black leather stools, and granite kitchen countertops over wide planked hardwood floor.

Marble

This material is known for its elegance and beautiful veining. Each piece is unique, and there are endless variations that arise due to factors like geographical sourcing, color, patterns, and impurities. It elevates any room and pairs well with many design styles. However, it is very expensive and requires more upkeep and maintenance than other countertop materials. It is also much softer than other durable stones like granite and is more likely to incur scratches and chips. It is also highly porous and requires homeowners to be vigilant about catching spills as soon as they occur.

  • Pros: classically beautiful, available in multiple colors, adds aesthetic value to your home, has the potential to last a lifetime
  • Cons: susceptible to scratching and staining, yearly sealing recommended, can be expensive, not entirely heat-resistant

Quartz

Quartz countertops, also called engineered stone countertops, are man-made materials that combine naturally occurring minerals and quartz with chemical resins and pigments. This allows it to mimic the look of other materials like granite and marble. Due to its customization potential, quartz also provides homeowners with more design options to match their existing decor and design. Natural quartz stone (which comprises between 70% and 93% of the material) is inherently physically and chemically resistant to wear and tear. This, in combination with the added resins, sealants, and finishes, makes quartz countertops a top choice for maximum low-maintenance long-term durability

  • Pros: very durable, customizable, higher likelihood of extended warranty, non-porous and stain-resistant
  • Cons: susceptible to heat damage, extremely heavy, and requires professional installation 

“…more than half of the stainless steel used today is made from previously recycled steel.”

Concrete

The most durable, customizable, and easy-to-install material on this list, concrete may surprise you with its charms. Concrete is a mix of sand and cement and can be cast into any shape you desire. It can also be stained, pigmented, or textured into whatever best matches your vision. While concrete is a material known for its durability, small hairline cracks are not uncommon. The good news is that these cracks are easily fixable and can be somewhat prevented if you incorporate fiber reinforcement, rebar, or wire mesh in the pour. Concrete is not recommended for those who want a flawless appearance, as it is porous and highly susceptible to stains and scratches. However, if you can embrace the rustic look and weathering that comes from regular use, concrete countertops can be an excellent choice for your remodel. 

  • Pros: very durable, long-lasting, highly customizable, easy installation (great for a homeowner DIY project)
  • Cons: porous, prone to staining and hairline cracks, shows imperfections easily

Butcher Block

This functional and handsome material is an enduring, timeless choice. Created for the namesake butchers, butcher block is made by gluing thick strips of hardwood together to create a cohesive surface that can withstand near-constant use. Frequently made of maple, butcher block wood can also include hardwoods like oak, acacia, and even bamboo. While butcher block doesn’t offer the same range of choices as marble or quartz, there are still customization options with the grain. A higher level of regular maintenance is required for butcher block countertops than for other materials like quartz. Because it incurs water stains and scratches at a higher rate, regular oiling of the wood (and possibly sanding) is required to keep the wood from drying out and to refresh its color and appearance. 

  • Pros: extremely functional, long-lasting, environmentally sustainable, highly durable, will never go out of style, scratches and stains are easily remedied
  • Cons: stains and scratches easily, requires regular maintenance to keep in good condition, not heat-resistant
Family of four with two young kids bakes together in their home on a stainless steel kitchen counter.

Stainless Steel

You’ve most likely encountered a stainless steel countertop if you’ve ever seen a cooking show. They’re the quintessential choice for restaurants everywhere. But there’s a reason they’re the most popular metal countertop material and make a great choice for your kitchen counters. Stainless steel is easy to clean, making it extremely hygienic. It’s also an environmentally sustainable choice as it’s endlessly recyclable—more than half of the stainless steel used today is made from previously recycled steel. It does scratch and dent relatively easily, but if you don’t mind the industrial feel, stainless steel can be an excellent choice for your kitchen countertops.

  • Pros: high-performing, easy to clean and low-maintenance, heat-resistant, easily recycled 
  • Cons: scratches and dents easily, has an industrial feel, may feel too cold for a home kitchen

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then kitchen countertops are the backbone. From our morning coffee to our dinner prep, everything we do in the kitchen starts on our countertops—making them an essential part of the remodeling process.

While the number of design choices to be made (who knew there were 3 different types of butcher block grain to choose from?) can feel overwhelming, working with the right contractor can make your kitchen remodel a seamless process from beginning to end. 

If you need inspiration, check out our blog post, “6 Of Our Top Kitchen Remodel Trends for 2024.” And, when you’re ready to start your remodeling project, call Scroggs Construction at 828-552-3222 or contact us here