Choosing Kitchen Countertops: 15 Things You Need to Know

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2. So many materials:

Types of countertop materials vary; they include quartz, granite, tile, butcher block, soapstone, concrete, recycled glass, solid surfacing, stainless steel, marble, limestone, and laminates.

3. Granite:

It’s the most popular pick among buyers — holds up well against scratches and heat damage. Watch for variations in the stone; semiprecious stones or a rare hue in your slab will raise the price.

4. Sampling samples:

Laminate and solid surfacing materials are likely to match the samples you see in the store. However, for natural stone like quartz, granite, or marble, experts suggest going to the stone yard to pick out the slab in-person.

5. Tile:

It’s a budget-friendly option that is also easy to repair (you can replace the tiles one at a time). Opt for a darker grout to camouflage dirt.

6. Stainless steel:

Chefs love this material for its resistance to stains and heat. However, it’s less resistant to scratches and fingerprints.

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