What is the Best Material for Kitchen Countertops?

There are a lot of options to choose from when you pick kitchen countertops. 

Gone are the days when the only choice was what color of pressed wood covered in laminate looked best. The housing industry has exploded over the last 10 to 15 years, and there are endless ways to update your home. A steady decrease in unemployment has left homeowners with more disposable income, as well. With those extra funds available, they’re more willing to pay professionals to renovate their homes rather than doing it themselves.

In most homes, the kitchen is the busiest room and the center of the family universe, especially if there are children. Hungry people wander in and out all day, opening and closing every possible door in the kitchen in search of snacks. All that use takes a toll on the kitchen’s hardware, and it starts to look run down and abused prematurely. Repairs and improvements are needed in the kitchen sooner than in a bedroom or bathroom because of the volume of traffic.

Countertops, specifically, are the workhorse of the kitchen; they do the most work and are taken for granted. They take the lion’s share of the abuse—burn marks, dents, scratches, and other damage can take their toll. It’s the surface that is constantly mistreated by everyone that encounters it, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style.

Granite is usually at the top of the list when the discussion is about the best material for kitchen countertops. There are pros and cons with all the options listed here, including granite. Some materials are expensive, some damage easier than others, and some are difficult to install. For every kitchen there is an appropriate style of countertop. Educate yourself on them all so you can make an informed decision.

Here are the best-suited countertop materials to choose from for your Kitchen Remodeling Project in your Seattle homes that will surely look great and functional.

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No two sheets of marble are the same, so every countertop will be unique. Marble is not often used for the entirety of the kitchen because of its extremely high price. It is heatproof and also waterproof.


Smooth, silky, and is usually dark gray in color. The antique look it adds to a kitchen makes it especially popular in historic homes. It is heat resistant and has an almost infinite amount of deep rich colors.


When a price isn’t a factor, granite is the go-to choice for homeowners. A nice piece of granite can make the most modest kitchen look elegant. Strong and durable, granite is almost impervious to heat.


A man-made stone product engineered from natural quartz and other minerals. While the slabs of stone are not completely natural, they’re still beautiful and highly durable. It was created as an alternative to granite and marble.

Solid Surface Material

This better quality alternative to natural stone is made of man-made materials; it’s a blend of acrylic particles and resins that are pressed into sheets and layered. It’s stain-resistant, the seams are almost invisible, and damage can be sanded out easily.

Ceramic Tile

Easy to install, just as durable as stone, and less expensive by a wide margin. Tiles are very versatile, as well. They come in an endless variety of styles, colors, and shapes that allow the inner artist in you to come out when you design the layout.

At Levite Construction in Seattle, Washington, we can help you choose the right material for your kitchen countertops to suit your style and needs. Contact us now

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