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 Austin Kitchen and Bath 

Properties

PROPERTIES OF COUNTERS​​


Counter SurfaceAdvantagesDisadvantages
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 detct

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

Heat resistant

Subdued appearance

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 wax 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
ConcreteSmooth & 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
QuartziteCan 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