Whether you’re building a new home, or renovating only the kitchen, figuring out what the counters should be made of can be complicated that you expected. More than just the appearance is important. The surface needs to handle the tasks you use it for, and also stay within budget while matching the looking you’re aiming for.

The first thing to consider is your needs. How often do you cook? Will you cut on the counter, or on a board? Will you be eating at it and risk spilling on it? And how much maintenance are you willing to put into it?

Next you need to consider your budget. Some materials can be very expensive, so it may be that the material that fits all your needs simply costs too much. You could however find a more affordable alternative that has the same look and qualities.

Now that you have an idea of what you need and what you can afford, you can start looking for your material. Consider the list below for an idea of what’s available:

  • Marble – Heat and waterproof, also very beautiful. But expensive and can scratch and be stained.
  • Granite – Can handle heat, very durable and barely requires maintenance. But very expensive and must be professionally installed and sealed.
  • Stainless Steel – Very durable and easy to clean, but can be costly to have fabricated cannot be used as a cutting surface.
  • Soap Stone – Durable and resistant to heat and stains. Reasonably priced, but requires professional installation and mineral sealant.
  • Wood – Easy to clean and long lasting if maintained. But can be scratched easily, and can be expensive.
  • Laminates – Easy to maintain, very affordable and easy to install yourself. But has visible seams that can lift, and is easily scratched and dented.

This is just a short summary of what options are available. If you still haven’t found the perfect fit, keep searching with your needs and budget in mind and you will find exactly what you’re looking for.

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