Choosing the Right Countertop

Posted January 11, 2019 by Gracie DeSantis

After choosing your cabinets and flooring, countertops are the next essential item in your kitchen design.  And with such a collection of styles, it’s best to start with the material when choosing the right countertop for your kitchen.

Quartz countertop on grey kitchen cabinets.

You can’t go wrong with quartz countertops.

Quartz

Quartz countertops from Cabinets To Go are made with 93% natural stone and 7% resin. As natural stone, it is extremely hard and resistant to heat. Because of the resin used to bind the stone, it is non-porous to resist staining and microbes. A gorgeous quartz countertop may cost a little more, but it gives you the benefits of both a granite and an acrylic solid surface.


Granite

Granite is gorgeous. It adds value to a home, which is especially great if resale is something that could be in your future. As natural stone, it’s sturdy, difficult to scratch, and resistant to heat, but because of its porous material, staining is a possibility. But not to worry! Most stains, even oils, can be easily removed.


An acrylic solid surface countertop on grey modern kitchen cabinets.

Easy-to-clean acrylic countertops are great for family kitchens.

Acrylic

Acrylic – also known as solid surface – countertops are the most economical choice. Plus, as they are made from resin, they provide a seamless look, are anti-microbial, and are non-porous for stain resistance.  If your kitchen must endure the beating of your family, acrylic is a great way to marry durability, style, and price.


Birch butcher block countertop on cream shaker kitchen cabinets.

Butcher block countertops bring rustic personality to any home.

Butcher Block

Butcher block is lovely. There’s no doubt. Their natural wood tones – available in a variety of species from birch to bamboo – add a wealth of character to a kitchen.  And, they can be stained in just about any color.

But, as a naturally porous material, butcher block is vulnerable to stain and must be sealed. Using butcher block for an island, however, is a great way to add complexity to your kitchen’s style. This way, you achieve the natural wood look with minimal maintenance required.


With a little bit of information, it’s easy to know exactly what kind of countertop will work best for you and your family. Cabinets To Go expert designers are also at the ready in your local showroom to help you choose the product that’s right for you.

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