14 Different Countertop Materials

Most homeowners are familiar with quartz, tile, and caesarstone kitchen countertops, but there are so many more options out there that consumers may or may not be aware of!  Here are a handful that we thought you may enjoy reading more about:


This natural stone has been a popular choice for kitchen remodels over the years because it comes in various colors grains and finishes.  Granite is a very hard surface and is not susceptible to scratches and takes normal wear and tear very well.  It also handles heat well so placing a hot pot on the surface will not likely damage it.  Granite countertops, however, are very porous and need to be sealed properly and regularly to prevent staining

Engineered-QuartzEngineered Quartz

Engineered Quartz has taken over the kitchens in the past 3 years. Engineered quartz is a combination of ground quartz, resin and pigments to create a tough, nonporous material.   Quartz is non-porous so staining is not an issue with this surface.  With the wide range of colors, quartz has become a popular choice, but the prices can be a little steep and the surface is not as resistant to heat as granite.


Tile is probably the most effect material to use on your countertops. This is an older trend and isn’t seen much anymore due to the difficulty of maintaining the tile due to grout. If you want to bring back this vintage look, make sure you choose a durable grout to make maintaining easier.   While tile can be affordable and durable, the colors vary from batch to batch so if you get a cracked tile down the line that needs to be replaced, chances are the new tile will not match the original.

Glass CountertopEcofriendly

Things you can use for this can be anything from salvaged wood, Bio-Glass to Bamboo. Choices like this are chosen for clients who want a complete green remodel.  There are tradeoffs and just because salvaged and recycled countertops are eco-friendly does not mean they are all as earth-friendly as they could be…they do have to go from material creation to manufacturing so keep that in mind.

Recycled-Paper-Based-CountertopsRecycled Paper-Based

Yes you read that…recycled paper. Now this doesn’t sound durable by any means but the process to make it durable is similar to quartz. When blended with resins and pigments it does look and feel like soapstone.

Plasic-LaminatePlastic Laminate

Laminate is still in the game when it comes to kitchen remodeling. There is a large variety of customizable edges and finishes and it is very affordable. If you have a rental property and want to keep budget in line while having low maintenance, laminate is probably the best choice for your kitchen remodel.

Recycled-Glass-and-cementRecycled Glass and Cement

Recycled glass and cement is one of those unique trends in countertops that is starting to make its way to the main stream. The combination of these two materials fused into one makes for one beautiful, colorful, slab of one of a kind art. If you are going for a unique theme this countertop might be the perfect choice for your eclectic kitchen


Marble has been one of those classic materials that is very popular and it shows no signs of disappearing. If you have a white kitchen, more than likely you will migrate to marble to create that dreamy white kitchen that graces those glossy magazines. Marble is a softer stone that can scratch and stain easily.


Concrete is fairly new to kitchen remodels however it is starting to gain popularity. Concrete counters are created with pigments and dyes and can be custom made with various colors even down to the texture of the concrete. Once it is sealed it looks fantastic and is very durable.

Stainless-Steel-CountertopsStainless Steel

Want to feel like the Master Chef in your own kitchen? Try adding some stainless steel countertops. Steel is a great choice because it’s non staining, heat resistant and easy to clean. This countertop can drive your kitchen design to a high end look with a mix of high end industrial restaurant with tradition kitchen design.

Wood-CountertopsWood Countertops

Wood countertops may not be the most common option homeowners discuss, however butcher block countertops look great in any country kitchen or cottage kitchen remodel.  The quality of wood you choose and the right sealer to make all the difference when selecting your wood countertop to make it look warm and inviting.


Zinc countertops aren’t seen much in modern kitchens but this unique metal gave your kitchen an industrial feel. A great way to combine traditional design and industrial to your kitchen remodel.


Soapstone, it’s all in the name. This hard surface is 50% talc combined with other minerals mostly magnesite gives this surface a soapy feel.  Soapstone is heat resistant, non-porous and is chemically neutral so acids like lemon or tomato juice will not affect it. It is a soft hard surface so scratches are common and would need to be resealed every year.


Copper is not common but it’s easy to clean and maintain. It is a “living” surface and it will react differently to substances. It looks gorgeous in any kitchen but be prepared for it to change colors when it reacts to various chemicals.


While this list is long, we hope you found the material that will make your kitchen shine and complete your remodel.   Remember that these countertops come in numerous colors so pinpoint your color scheme before shopping for your countertop.  Come prepared with cabinet and backsplash samples to help you along the process.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

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