One of the easiest ways to effect a dramatic change in the look and functionality of a kitchen is to replace the countertops. With such a big range in materials and costs, replacing a worn out, stained, or outdated countertop can be accomplished within almost any budget. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of some of the most popular options available.

Quartz is a composite material of mineral, resin, and color. Available in a range of colors or made to mimic natural stone or granite, it stands up to hot pots, scrubbing, knife cuts, and most stains. The only drawback is that edges are susceptible to chipping. At the pricier end of countertop options, quartz is a long-term investment in your kitchen and home.

Granite is less pricey than quartz with many of the same advantages. It’s been a popular choice for many years for good reason. As a natural stone, each piece is unique. While resistant to heat and scratches, staining can be a problem without regular sealing. Like quartz granite is prone to chipping.
Other options include other natural stones like limestone or marble. While beautiful choices they are more vulnerable to staining and scarring than quartz or granite.

Laminate is a more affordable option that’s easy to install. With advanced technology the look and quality of laminate has come a long way. Laminate is resistant to heat and staining, but easily damaged by cutting.

When determining the countertop surface that’s best for your home keep in mind cost vs. the value of your home, functionality, and how you and your family use the kitchen.