How to Choose the Right Material for Your Kitchen Countertops

When it comes to kitchen countertops, the material you choose is the most important aspect that you will decide on, followed by who you decide to install it, either by yourself or going with professional remodeling services offered by a home remodeling company. Choosing the right countertop material can be difficult, given the extensive choice of materials, patterns, textures and colors on the market today. The sheer number of choices can be truly overwhelming. Lets go over the pros and cons of some of the most popular countertop materials on the market today.

Natural Stone

This is one of the most common countertop materials, and it can be one of the most durable, depending on which natural stone you opt to choose. While there are many stone materials to choose from, like marble, we will discuss the 3 most common natural stone materials chosen commonly for countertops: granite, soapstone and slate. Lets take a look at each.


This one was rarely seen in kitchens, except by those who were well to do, given its cost years back. Today it is much more common in kitchens, where once it was only found in high end kitchens. Its cost has stabilized to the point that its price is in range for most families. Granite is great to work with, and offers a variety of natural colors from midnight blacks, reds, browns, mottled white, and even incredibly vibrant blues. These countertops can be made stain proof due to a special impregnating sealer. This sealant can last between 10 and 15 years. The only thing of note for cleaning is that a special stone cleaner should be used for routine cleaning of these countertops, to avoid scratching it. These countertops should only be installed by a home remodeling company that is experienced in dealing with granite, as it is to costly to risk with an unskilled laborer. The price per square foot ranges from $75 to more than $250 per sq ft depending on its colors, quality and fabrication.


This is another commonly used countertop material. It comes in colors ranging from greenish black to gray greenish colors. Since soapstone is is porous it will need a mineral oil treatment to seal it and reduce any staining that could occur. This stone is so easy to work with that even sinks of soapstone can be crafted. I would recommend that any one considering a soapstone countertop use a home remodeling company in Farmington Hills, MI, to avoid any mishaps during installation that could result in damage to the materials. Soapstone will cost you between $100 to $150 per sq ft.


Natural slate is a great countertop material. It is nonporous, easy to maintain, and any scratches in the material should they occur, are easily buffed out using just steel wool. Slate comes in a variety of colors ranging from blacks, purples, grays, greens and reds. There are a few rare slate colors, such as variegated purple and mottled purple slates, but expect to pay a premium price for these due to its rarity. Like soapstone it is easy to work with, so sinks can be crafted out of this stone, to match your countertops. It has a soft matte sheen, but treatments can be given to give it a wet look. You can expect to pay between $100 to $200 per sq ft for slate.

Solid Surfaces

These countertops materials are made from acrylic or polyester, or a combination of the two. The one high selling point of these materials are that they are super resistant to both scratches and stains. You can easily sand out any scratches and burns, and deeper wounds to this material can be simply filled. There are countless colors and patterns for this material, and more than a few have the look and feel of natural stone. Custom backsplashes can be made of the same material, as well as sinks, making this a truly versatile material.

Ceramic Tile

This was once a hot trend for modern kitchens. This material has some maintenance involved, so many people are now opting for natural stone over this material. Where tile does shine however is for your countertops backsplash. It also works well for kitchen isle countertops, eat-at counters and wet bars. They key is choosing tiles rated for floor or countertop use, as ones rated for simply wall tiles are much to thin, meaning they can easily crack. professional remodeling services  will charge between $30 and $50 per sq ft, and the cost of the tiles can range from  $3 to $5 per sq ft.

If you are in the market for a new countertop or black-splash, The experts at MJR Services offers high quality Home remodeling in Farmington Hills, MI. We specialize in Remodeling, Repairs, Restorations and more. We can handle any  interior or exterior project, and we guarantee to make your project run smoothly from start to finish. Contact us today!


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