When it’s time to replace a kitchen countertop, there’s no single perfect answer. Above all else, a countertop needs to reflect the homeowner’s personal style, and there can be dozens of options for that. Laminate countertops are a very popular choice in U.S. homes, however there are plenty of durable and attractive countertop choices, each with its own set of advantages, quirks and design possibilities.
The most popular stone countertops are granite and marble. Granite, an exceptionally dense material, is arguably the most durable option for a stone countertop. Marbles are more porous and acids like juices or vinegar can etch the surface over time, but a lot of people actually like its etched look.
Environmentally-conscious homeowners prefer kitchen countertops made of sustainable and recyclable materials. For these homeowners, countertops made from a combination of concrete and colored glass chips are a popular choice.
Stainless steel is one of the toughest countertop materials available, and it won’t rust or stain. All you have to do is scour it and it will look just like new even after decades have passed.
Wood remains a popular countertop option for those who want a warm material for their kitchen remodeling project. There are dozens of options that run the gamut from ordinary to exotic. For a dark look, try the jatoba from Brazil. For a soft appearance, consider butternut.