Comparing Popular Countertop Materials

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When it comes to kitchen design, where should you start? Cabinets? Appliances? In fact, according to a Houzz study, the most common feature improved during kitchen renovations happens to be countertops which were upgraded by 91% of homeowners. This should come as no surprise considering they are integral to the overall aesthetic of the room and tend to be one of the first thing guests notice. With so many options on the market, it’s important to compare the pros and costs associated with some of our favorites before making your decision.


Chosen in 42% of recent renovations that were surveyed, Quartz or engineered stone as it is commonly called is one of the most popular countertop materials. Known as one of the hardest materials out there, one of its main advantages is its durability, meaning its less prone to chips and cracks. There’s also a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from due to the fact that this material is often manufactured by holding crystals together using resin. We even have a great relationship with Cambria, considered to be one of the top brands in the industry which allows us to provide you with unbeatable prices without compromising on quality.

  • Mid-Range Cost ($50-100 per square foot on average)
  • Less Prone to chips & cracks
  • Great selection of colors & designs
  • Non-Porous which doesn’t require sealing


At 24%, Granite comes in as the next most common choice among homeowners. The appeal is not hard to understand because of its high-end appearance but with that comes a wider range of costs depending on the style you choose. This also has to do with the fact that this material is sourced directly from the earth with nothing added or removed making each design unique.

  • Higher End Cost ($50-150 per square foot)
  • Each design is unique
  • Long Lasting
  • Heat & Scratch Resistant

Wood/Butcher Block

Many designers and homeowners alike are starting to contrast kitchen islands with the primary countertops. In fact, 35% of renovations that combined different materials chose wood or butcher block as their preferred island. In addition to being perfect as a food prep station because they are very easy to clean, the appearance of wood adds an element of warmth to the room.

  • Less expensive than stone ($20-70 per square foot)
  • Adds warmth to the room
  • Can double as a cutting board
  • Easy to install & clean

If you’re interested in learning more about how our experienced kitchen design team can help turn your vision into reality, call us at 631.256.6355 to schedule a consultation!

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