512-250-5829

9222 Burnet rd. ste 105, austin, tx 78758
AKB

Properties of counters

Pro's & Con's of Countertops​

Counter Surface

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Laminate

Stain resistant

Waterproof

Color Options

Low-maintenance

Inexpensive

Can crack & scratch

Not heatproof

Usually replaced instead of repaired

Soapstone

Resistant to etching

Somewhat resistant to stains

Scratches can be easily sanded

Regular maintenance required

May crack

Chip & scratch

Color may darken

Must purchase by the slab

Solid Surface

Scratches & burns can be sanded

Deep gouges can be filled

Seams are hard to detect

Available in wide array of colors

Can be damaged by heat

Scratches & dents

Will stain

Butcher Block

Scratches & burns can be sanded

Gouges can be filled

Natural patina

Easily damaged

Burns, dents, spills, & scratches

Requires sealing

Requires regular maintenance

Water discolors it

Marble

Heat resistant

Smaller kitchens & baths might be able to take remnants

Withstand high traffic

Durability is dependent on grade

Porous that can scratch

Scouring powders or abrasives will mar

Can be etched by acids

Must be purchased by slab

Glass

Non-porous and therefore antibacterial

Heat resistant

Mold & mildew resistant

Can withstand high traffic

Can crack, chip or break

Can't be repaired, must be replaced

Scratches easily

Collects fingerprints every time it's touched

Slate

Non-porous

Naturally anti-bacterial

Mold & mildew resistant

Heat resistant

Subdued appearance

Can chip or crack

Edges & corners can be brittle and sharp

Subdued appearance

Must be purchased by slab

Stainless Steel

Durable

Stain-proof, spill-proof, & temperature-proof

Easy to clean & maintain

Will reflect light & brighten the area

Expensive

Scratches, nicks & dents

Has the same fingerprinting problem as glass

It's noisy

Granite

Won't scratch easily

Resistant to stains

Non-porous if sealed

Low-maintenance

High resale value

Many color options

Slab remnants can save money

Porous rock that is sealed

Yearly waxing required

Must by purchased by slab

Engineered Quartz/Stone

Non-porous

Resistant to scratches & stains

Easy to maintain

No sealant required

Looks like natural stone

No need to apply was or sealers

Slab remnants can save money

Do not expose to abrasives, acids, or oxidizers

Not heatproof but is heat resistant

Ceramic/Porcelain/Tile

Inexpensive & durable

Available in many colors & styles

Broken tiles can be replaced with new ones

Uneven surface

Tiles can get scratched, cracked or chipped

Grout can stain

Grout is porous

Moisture can penetrate

Concrete

Smooth & very strong

Heat & scratch resistant material

Lost of color options

Durable

Can get cracked

Somewhat porous

Must be sealed & waxed

Needs to be custom cast

Quartzite

Can be used as a cutting board

Not harmed by acidic drinks

Heat resistant

Non-porous

Naturally anti-bacterial

Does not require seal or maintenance


Expensive stone

Can chip and crack

Must be purchased by slab