There are many types of countertops to choose from: granite, quartz, solid surface and laminate. What surface material you choose should depend on factors such as how you plan to use your countertop, your expectations for the surface and your budget.
Use this countertop guide to help you narrow your selection:
Why choose Granite?
Granite is a natural stone, and the look and feel of real stone is hard to match. It is very durable, it handles heat well and it comes in many variations – almost 200 to choose from. The cost of granite has decreased significantly over the last few years and the average starting price is about $60 per square foot, installed. It requires periodic sealing, depending on the granite selected, and will have visible seams. GBC offers an exclusive line of granite for the incredibly low price of $39 per square foot, installed. The Kensington line of granite is available in four gorgeous colors so you can have the kitchen of your dreams at a very affordable price.
Why choose Quartz?
Quartz is a blend of quartz and resins that form a hard, durable surface, with a feel that is much like granite. The colors and patterns that are created typically have little variation and provide a consistent appearance. In addition to its durability, quartz tops handle heat well, require little maintenance and will have visible seams. Quartz countertops begin at about $75 per square foot, installed.
Why choose Solid Surface?
Solid surface (Corian is one brand) countertops are typically acrylic products that are durable and very adaptable. There are hundreds of colors and a large variety of edge profiles to choose from. It has moderate heat resistance and hard-to-find seams. And while solid surface tops can scratch, they can be repaired easily. The average starting price of solid surface countertops is $59 per square foot, installed.
Why choose Laminate?
Laminate is the most popular material used for a countertop. It offers thousands of colors and a number of textured finishes. It wears fairly well and doesn’t require any sealing. The seams are visible and it has almost no reparability. Laminate tops with a square edge start at about $20 per square foot, installed.