||For kitchen countertops,
there are a variety of options, each with their
own qualities and strengths. Before deciding which
countertop material to use in your kitchen, it’s
a good idea to understand the different options
that are available, the pros of using each one,
and the budget required to use each one.
Granite is one of the most popular kitchen countertop
materials available on the market. Granite is a
natural stone and is available in a wide range of
colors, making it a great option for any number
of kitchen styles. Granite is cut into long, flat
pieces, which means it’s a single-surface
countertop without grout to keep clean. Granite
does require some maintenance in the form of using
a stone cleaner on it daily, rather than an abrasive
cleaner. Granite is on the higher end of costs when
it comes to kitchen counters, typically costing
anywhere between $75 and $250 per square foot.
Soapstone, like granite, is a natural stone. Soapstone
offers fewer color options than granite. Soapstone
is porous, and therefore requires a mineral oil
seal to reduce the effects of staining. Soapstone
is similar in price to granite and is priced at
approximately $100 to $150 per square foot.
Slate is also a natural stone. Slate is a dense
stone that is typically available in five hues -
black, green, red, purple, and gray. Slate is non-porous
and, unlike granite and soapstone, requires little
to know maintenance. Slate is priced similarly to
its other natural stone counterparts, typically
costing $100 to $150 per square foot.
Ceramic tile is not a single surface, and in recent
years as trends have moved toward single-surface
countertops that are easy to maintain, ceramic tile
has become a less popular option. However, ceramic
tile can be a very stylish option and should not
be written off just because it is not a single surface.
Ceramic has the benefit of being available in a
great deal of colors, giving you a lot of room to
work with different styling options. Ceramic is
more affordable than natural stone countertops,
costing between $1 and $5 per square foot for the
tile itself and $30 to $50 per square foot for installation.
Wood countertops are a traditional option that offer
a warm, natural look while also being fairly durable.
Wood does require a good amount of maintenance,
though, and a lack of maintenance will result in
cracking, warping, and staining. A well-made, beautiful
wood countertop is priced comparably to soapstone
or another natural stone; it typically costs $100
to $200 per square foot.
Concrete is thought of as having a similar appearance
to natural stone, and therefore it has incrementally
grown in popularity over recent years. Coloring
can be added to concrete before it is poured, making
concrete a fairly customizable option. Countertops
that are custom made of concrete typically cost
between $85 and $100 per square foot, which given
the level of customization available is considered