If you are working on a kitchen remodel, you know that there are many critical choices that will greatly determine how your kitchen will look. One of the most obvious choices to make upfront is what type of countertops you will use. For many, it will come down to choosing between granite, quartz, laminate, or tile. Each of them has pros and cons, though any one of them could produce a beautiful kitchen counter. In an effort to help you make an informed decision, here are a few facts about each type.


Granite countertops are very common in the United States since granite is a very good, reliable material. Granite does not need to be sealed, can withstand high temperatures (you could set a hot pan on granite without a hot pad), and last a very long time. In addition, cleaning granite requires very little effort (usually only a little soap and water). The challenge with granite is that the stone and the installation can both be a little pricey. It is wise to shop around for granite and contractors since you will likely get a variety of different costs to compare. Learn more about granite countertops by talking to a contractor.


Quartz is like a cheaper, man-made version of granite. It requires a bit more maintenance, but for some people, it is worth it. Quartz needs to be sealed regularly and cannot withstand high temperatures, unlike real granite. There are many different looks available for quartz, such as granite, concrete, or even marble. The cost for quartz will likely be a few thousand dollars cheaper than granite, though you are really buying quality. 


Laminate countertops were all the rage in older homes in America. Today there are many different looks available, some of which actually give off an air of stone. Laminate does have some cons, however, since it cannot withstand heat in almost any form. This can be an extreme challenge since one misplaced pan could require a whole new countertop. The cost of laminate is substantially cheaper than real stone, but it will likely not last as long as granite or quartz. 

In conclusion, what you choose will ultimately depend on the aesthetic of your home, the cost of the stone, and the cost of installation. Ultimately, you should choose whichever countertop will last the longest and look the best in your home. Discussing countertops with your contractor or remodeling expert is a good idea.