When it comes to material selection for your next kitchen project, there are many options available. Each comes with some pros & cons. 

Granite 

Price : ($40 - $100 psf installed)

Each stone slab is unique. Heat, cuts, and scratching doesn’t harm the granite, but corners and edges can chip. Polished and matte finishes resisted most stains when properly sealed. Gran­ite needs periodic resealing. Different types of require various amounts of sealing. Often times, the lower the price of the slab, the more frequently you need to clean and seal it.

Solid surface 

Price : ($35 - $100 psf installed)

Its nonporous, so virtually maintenance free — no sealing or special cleaning required. Color and pattern options are extensive. Seamless installation means there are no cracks to trap dirt and debris. It has artificial look and feel, yet can approach the price of natural stone. It doesn't do well with hot pans or sharp knives as well as other materials. 

Quartz 

Price : ($40 - $100 psf installed)

This mix of mineral, color, and resin is meant to mimic stone but is more du­rable and requires less maintenance, making it a good choice for a kitchen that gets a lot of use. Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz.

Marble 

Price :($50 - $150 psf installed)

Nothing beats marble in its luminescence and distinctive veining, it's an ultra traditional choice.Small nicks and scratches can be polished out, but marble chips easily and needs to be resealed periodically. On sealed marble most stains wipes away with water but its susceptible to stains. It does well with heat, remains cool.

Soapstone 

Price: ($50 - $100 psf installed)

It’s not as common as granite—and it’s stunning at first. It resists heat dam­age, and small scratches can be sanded finely, then coated with mineral oil. But it nicks, cuts, and scratches easily, and some tough stains cannot be washed away.

Limestone 

Price: ($50 - $100 psf installed)

It’s attractive but impractical in a busy kitchen. Limestone resists heat well, but it nicks, cuts, and scratches easily, and even a high­ quality sealer won't fend off stains. So blot spills immediately and periodically reseal.

Laminate 

Price: ($10 - $40 psf installed)

Inexpensive and stylish options with decorative edges abound. Stains and heat don’t damage the laminates , but cutting directly on it does, and abrasives can mar. Laminate is easy to clean and does not need to be sealed. Over time, however, the surface may wear and peel. Laminate is among the least expensive counter-top options.

Concrete 

Price: $75 to $125 psf installed

Concrete counter-tops are new on the design scene and are getting a lot of buzz in the residential market. They can be customized to fit your kitchen and are available in a range of modern looks. Concrete is very porous, and it must be sealed regularly and properly, or it may be susceptible to damage. When properly cared for, concrete is very durable. The cost of concrete counter-tops can vary widely based on the thickness, construction and installation that’s required – custom or irregular shapes and edges can drive up the price significantly.

Wood (Butcher block)

Price: $35 to $70 psf installed

Wood surfaces scratch easily and require monthly sealing with oil. They can be sanded down and refinished easily to remove stains or scratches. Without regular care, butcher block surfaces can be susceptible to absorbing odor, bacteria or moisture. The price can vary significantly based on the type of wood that chosen, but tend to cost less than stone countertops.

Stainless Steel 

Price: $65 to $125 psf installed

Like concrete, stainless steel countertops are becoming more popular in the residential market. Stainless steel is nonporous, which makes it impenetrable and durable. The surface is installed without seams, which diminishes the growth of germs and makes it easy to maintain. It can handle hot pots and pans and won’t stain or corrode easily. Stainless steel countertops are limiting in terms of design, and tend to be best for simpler, no frills kitchens. In addition, the surface tends to be noisy when items are placed on it and fingerprints show up more readily than on stone surfaces. Stainless steel countertops tend to be cheaper than most stone countertops.

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