Countertop Materials

Countertops are a part of remodeling pretty free of tradeoffs. With so many useable materials to choose from, form and function go hand-in-hand. Tell your STAR designer what look you want to create with you countertops, what kind of use those counters will likely see and she or he will suggest options to fit your style, home, and budget.





Pros: Every granite countertop is one of a kind thanks to the stone's variations of mottling, colors, and patterns.

Cons: Granite nees to be sealed regularly to avoid stains. And its heavy weight requires sturdy cabinets to hold it.


Pros: The natural appearance of wood countertops create a warm and homey feel. In fact nicks or knife marks that would mar other tops only add to the rustic look of wood tops.

Cons: Wood is affected by moisture, and can swell or contract. Oiling is required, and the surface can harbor bacteria.


Pros: One of the most affordable countertop materials you can buy, laminate delivers a stylish look without breaking your budget. Often mimicking the look of wood or stone, the material is low maintenance and easy to clean.

Cons: Laminate won’t protect against cuts or burns. Constructed of particle board with a designed top layer, the material stand up well to moisture.


Pros: Tile withstands heat and knife blades, and resists stains. Replacing broken tiles is easy. If one or two tiles chip or crack, they're fairly easy to replace.

ConsTile countertops often have an uneven surface that can make food preparation a little difficult. Grout between tiles can is stain, and standing moisture can result in bacteria growth. 

Solid Surface

Pros: Made from polyester and acrylic, solid surfacing is as close as it comes to maintenance free. There are no cracks to trap dirt or food. Any burns or scratches are easily sanded out. And the material is available in every color imaginable.  

Con: The surface isn’t cheap. And the material can look too artificial for some tastes.


Pros: Made from rock chips and resin, engineered stone is available in a variety of colors and stone types that surface won’t scratch, dent, mar, and it resists bacteria.

Cons: The cost. Engineered stone is one of the most expensive countertops you can buy. But some homeowners believe its look, easy maintenance, and long life make it worth every penny.


Pros: Soapstone is known for its natural softness. It starts out light or gray, then darkens with time.

Cons: Soapstone can crack, scratch, and nick. It requires regular oil polishing. 


Pros: You won’t believe what countertops are made of these days: glass, bamboo, sustainable wood, aluminum, even paper. Each is made of recycled or sustainable materials, and each is distinctly unique and stylish.

Cons: Though costs vary by material, they’re not the cheapest countertops you can buy. Some require special tools or maintenance.

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