Countertop Pros & Cons


Pros – Low price point, wide variety of colors and styles, and durable enough to withstand everyday use.

Cons – Not as durable as natural stone, not heat resistant, and can be difficult to clean.

Cost: $10 to $30 per square foot, after installation.



Engineered Stone (Caesarstone, Silestone, Quartz)

Pros – Low maintenance, doesn’t need to be sealed, heat & scratch proof, and easy to customize.

Cons – Can chip, and may show visible seams where pieces meet.

Cost – $35 to $100 per square foot, after installation.



Pros – Looks luxurious and is available in a wide variety of colors.

Cons – Soft and porous meaning is scratches and stains very easily.

Cost: $50 to $150 per square foot, after installation.



Pros – Requires very little maintenance and is stain, heat and water resistant when sealed.

Cons – Very heavy and needs to be well supported, can chip or crack if the material is too thin, and final colors can vary from samples.

Cost: $35 to $200 per square foot, after installation.



Pros – Tough, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant.

Cons – Very heavy and difficult to install.

Cost: $75 to $125 per square foot, after installation.


Stainless Steel

Pros – Durable, heat-resistant, and high-end commercial kitchen look.

Cons – Crumbs, spills and fingerprints show up very easily plus it scratches and dents easily.

Cost: $75 to $150 per square foot, after insallation.


Butcher Block

Pros – Affordable, warm look and feel, and naturally anti-bacterial.

Cons – Not very heat or water resistant, marks easily, and requires regular maintenance.

Cost: $35 to $70 per square foot, after installation.

Countertop Tips

-Think carefully about how your countertops will be used. If you bake a lot marble is great for rolling dough, but if you do a lot of chopping you’ll want something much harder.

-Be honest about how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to. Some counters require regular oiling and/or sealing, while others are just wipe and go.

-Consider using two different counters in one kitchen – one for work surfaces and one for the island (if applicable). Not only can it be practical, but it can visually break up a space.


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Rhonda Lodwick

Rhonda Lodwick

CENTURY 21 Foxx Realty Ltd.
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