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Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertop

You’re staring down one of the biggest decisions of your life — and it’s no surprise. Selecting the ideal countertops can be a daunting task, but you want to get it right: Your kitchen is the center of your home, and it deserves perfection. 

There are several kitchen countertop material options to choose from, each with unique benefits and drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of four popular varieties you’ll find at McCarren Supply: laminate, quartz, solid surface, and unfinished wood butcher block.

Laminate

Laminate countertops are made from plastic-coated synthetics. They’re typically the most affordable countertop option and feature near-infinite colors and patterns. 

Pros:

Laminate countertops are durable, affordable, and easy to maintain. 

Cons:

These countertops are susceptible to scratches, heat damage, and fading. 

Quartz

Quartz countertops are made from a combination of quartz and resin. They’re extremely durable and come in a variety of colors that let their natural tones shine. 

Pros: 

Quartz offers extreme durability, resists stains and heat, and exudes a truly luxurious look. 

Cons:

Quartz comes with a higher price tag and often lacks customization options. 

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are fashioned from molded resins, making them non-porous and easy to clean. 

Pros:

Solid surface countertops are customizable, offer a seamless appearance, feature non-porous surfaces, and require minimal maintenance.

Cons:

These countertops can scratch and stain if not properly cared for, and they typically cost more than similar laminate alternatives. 

Unfinished Wood Butcher Block

Unfinished wood butcher block countertops are made from solid wood. They add a distinctive look to any kitchen. 

Pros:

Butcher block has a unique aesthetic. It’s also easy to repair and affordable, not to mention a good way to minimize your environmental footprint by using reclaimed materials. 

Cons:

Wood counters can potentially stain and warp, although proper care helps avoid this.

Pick the Counter of Your Dreams

With so many options, it can be challenging to choose a counter material — even when you know the pros and cons. Selecting the ideal aesthetic is tough, but talking to an experienced installer helps. 

Make your upgrade go a bit smoother. Reach out to the team at McCarren Supply for help getting started with your countertop project, and find the ideal fit for your kitchen.

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