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Learn Your Countertop Options - Part II

Wood/Butcher Block

Home Depot

Butcher block tops offer a warm, natural look and are available in a wide variety of species including oak, maple, cherry and beech.

PROS:

  • DIY Installation
  • Relatively easy to clean
  • Can be sanded and resealed

CONS:

  • Requires oiling to maintain
  • Mid range pricing
  • Can be scratched and damaged by water
  • Bacteria can be a problem if not maintained

Glass

Thinkglass

Yes, you can have glass countertops! Often used as an accent as the colour, texture, and shape options are endless!

PROS:

  • Unlimited design options
  • Low maintenance
  • Options for creative lighting

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Can chip or crack

Concrete

The Concrete Network

Concrete countertops are an option if you’re looking for something truly unique and industrial. Be prepared – these are very heavy slabs!

PROS:

  • Colour can be added with acid
  • Scratch and heat resistant

CONS:

  • DIY not recommended
  • Very expensive
  • Porous surface
  • Cracking and crumbling can occur

Stainless Steel

Realtor

Stainless Steel is a modern / industrial choice that could be the right choice for your space. You can have your sinks integrated into your countertop.

PROS:

  • Impervious to heat
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Regarded as ‘luxurious’

CONS:

  • Very expensive
  • Noisy
  • Easily scratched

Soapstone

The Spruce

Countertops made of soapstone have a beautiful soft, aged look. This material is often used in historic homes.

PROS:

  • Rich colour
  • Heat resistant
  • Gets a “patina of age”

CONS:

  • Must be professionally installed
  • Easily scratched and dented
  • Must be oiled regularly

Sintered Stone

Cossentino

This is the newest product on the scene. Brand names include Neolith, Dekton, and Geoluxe. Sintered stone is a man made product. They use 100% raw materials (no fillers or resins) that are compressed under massive pressure and heat to mimic what happens to create natural stones.

PROS:

  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Scratch and stain resistant
  • Heat and fire resistant
  • 5x stronger than granite

CONS:

  • Edges can be susceptible to chipping
  • Must be professionally installed
  • Comparable in price to quartz
  • Pattern may only be on surface