Countertops 101: Choosing Your Surface

Kitchens have become the heart of the home: families gather around the table for meals, we entertain guests, prepare culinary feasts (or at least transfer food from takeout containers onto plates!), and our countertops are the center of it all. There are endless countertop options available, and while we specialize in three (marble, soapstone, and Vetrazzo), we want help you find the surface that's right for you. Let's explore a few of the most popular options on the market right now. 

 

1. Granite 

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Don't act surprised- you knew granite would make the list! Granite says: you're practical and want a durable surface while getting the most bang for your buck. Pros of granite are that it is one of the most durable natural stones and can withstand heat, knife knicks, and is available in a large variety of colors and patterns. The pros make granite a popular choice and it might be the right one for you, but the frequent use of granite has many consumers looking for a more unique option. 

 

2. Marble

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Marble says you're elegant and want your kitchen counters to be the star of your design, not just support it. Although marble is susceptible to staining, its glamour, sheen, and distinctive veining make it an appealing choice for consumers who want to make a statement with their countertops. Available in a honed or polished finish, marble can appear matte or have a shine, depending on your preference. If you are looking for an airy and elegant surface, keep marble on your short list. 

 

3. Quartz

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Quartz is a relatively new arrival to the stone surface scene and has similar properties to granite and marble, but is usually fabricated from 90-95% natural quartz along with metallic flecks or glass to create eye-catching patterns. The primary ingredient is ground quartz which gives the surface its durability; the fabrication process of the slabs means that the surface is resistant to stains and scratches and requires little maintenance, which is appealing to many buyers.  

 

4. Soapstone

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Image via Houzz

Soapstone has humble beginnings and has been the countertop of choice in farmhouse and cottage kitchens for years, but one of our favorite things about this humble stone is its versatility. We are starting to see soapstone featured everywhere from traditional to modern and it never looks out of place. There are some concerns about the durability of soapstone, and it's true: soapstone will scratch and etch. Many people love the added "character" in their countertops, but if you prefer a more polished look you can oil your counters more frequently to minimize the look of patina.  

 

5. Vetrazzo

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If you're looking for something outside of the stone family, you should consider Vetrazzo- an eco-friendly option comprised of recycled glass and cement. This countertop option doesn't involve mining or petroleum-based resins, so you can rest assured that you're making an environmentally friendly choice. The material resists scratches and heat, making it a durable option for someone who is looking for a sustainable and visually impactful surface. The recycled glass is sorted by color by the manufacturer, offering a customizable color palette for each consumer. 

Options for your countertop surface are plentiful, but each surface has pros and cons that could make it the right one for you. We know that choosing a new countertop can be overwhelming and are happy to offer our knowledge and expertise to help guide you through this decision.