Your countertops aren't just a place for storage; they make a statement about your kitchen space, and you want something that's long-lasting and functional. Whether you're doing an update or new construction, there are five popular options to choose from.

At U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring, our experts love to discuss the various options we provide and guide each customer to their perfect solution. From countertops to expert flooring installation, our Plymouth, Minnesota, company delivers expert services you can depend on.

Allow us to break down your basic kitchen countertop options in this simple and helpful guide!

Tile Kitchen Countertops

Ceramic tiles are trending because they offer a fantastic variety of shapes and styles, letting you customize your colors and show off your style. You can get them in different size ranges, and the material itself is incredibly easy to clean and can last for up to 50 years with the right care. 

Even with the low maintenance benefit, tiling will need to be regrouted every few years, and this extra step can make the installation labor-intensive.

Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Quartz is made of resins and pigments. While it's not a solid material, it's incredibly durable, making it one of the more popular choices. It's resistant to chips, stains, and scratches, and there are many different finishes and color options to personalize your space. 

One of the biggest considerations for quartz is that it's not as heat resistant as granite, but you can protect it by using towels or hot pads if you need to place any hot items on the surface.

Laminate Kitchen Countertops

If you need an affordable and highly versatile material option, laminate is the way to go. It comes in a wide array of textures, colors, and patterns, and it's resistant to heat damage, stains, and scratches. This makes it the perfect addition to any busy kitchen space because clean-up is a snap. 

Keep in mind that laminate is not as durable as other choices and has the shortest amount of durability compared to other materials, so consider this when comparing your options.

Granite Kitchen Countertops

Natural stone is notorious for its innate beauty, and each piece will have unique speckles, colors, and veining that give it a distinct look. There's also no comparison regarding durability; with routine maintenance, you can prevent etching and stains, keeping it pristine and gorgeous. 

The biggest consideration with any type of natural stone like granite is the price, and due to the specialized tools required and the weight of the material, it's always recommended to have the installation done by a professional.

Butcher Block Kitchen Countertops

Wood offers a rustic and warm aesthetic, and it is an excellent material for areas that involve a lot of food prep and baking. It has a worn and softened finish, and you can personalize the pattern and hue of the countertops depending on the wood grain and type you choose. 

The biggest drawback with butcher block is that over time, you may have to sand down the top and periodically renew the wood with oil to keep its lustrous finish.

Get Beautiful, Custom Kitchen Countertops From the Pros

These are just some of our favorites, and the one you choose will depend on needs like efficiency, durability, and your budget. Narrowing down the options and getting a professional install doesn't have to be complicated, and our amazing team is here to help you through the process.

We don't compromise on quality, and neither should you. Get your free estimate online or give our office a call at 763-807-4500 today.

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