Properties

Counter Surfaces Advantages Disadvantages
Laminate Stain resistant
Waterproof
Color Options
Low-maintenance
Inexpensive
Can crack & scratch
Not heatproof
Usually replaced instead of repaired
Soapstone Resistant to etching
Somewhat resistant to stains
Scratches can be easily sanded
Regular maintenance required
May crack
Chip & scratch
Color may darken
Must purchase by the slab
Solid Surface Scratches & burns can be sanded
Deep gouges can be filled
Seams are hard to detect
Available in wide array of colors
Can be damaged by heat
Scratches & dents
Will stain
Butcher Block Scratches & burns can be sanded
Gouges can be filled
Natural patina
Easily damaged
Burns, dents, spills, & scratches
Requires sealing
Requires regular maintenance
Water discolors it
Marble Heat resistant
Smaller kitchens & baths might be able to take remnants
Withstand high traffic
Durability is dependent on grade
Porous that can scratch
Scouring powders or abrasives will mar
Can be etched by acids
Must be purchased by slab
Glass Non-porous and therefore antibacterial
Heat resistant
Mold & mildew resistant
Heat resistant
Subdued appearance
Can crack, chip or break
Can’t be repaired, must be replaced
Scratches easily
Collects fingerprints every time it’s touched
Slate Non-porous
Naturally anti-bacterial
Mold & mildew resistant
Heat resistant
Subdued appearance
Can chip or crack
Edges & corners can be brittle and sharp
Subdued appearance
Must be purchased by slab
Stainless Steel Durable
Stain-proof, spill-proof, & temperature-proof
Easy to clean & maintain
Will reflect light & brighten the area
Expensive
Scratches, nicks & dents
Has the same fingerprinting problem as glass
It’s noisy
Granite Won’t scratch easily
Resistant to stains
Non-porous if sealed
Low-maintenance
High resale value
Many color options
Slab remnants can save money
Porous rock that is sealed
Yearly waxing required
Must by purchased by slab
Engineered Quartz/Stone Non-porous
Resistant to scratches & stains
Easy to maintain
No sealant required
Looks like natural stone
No need to apply wax or sealers
Slab remnants can save money
Do not expose to abrasives, acids, or oxidizers
Not heatproof but is heat resistant
Ceramic/Porcelain/Tile Inexpensive & durable
Available in many colors & styles
Broken tiles can be replaced with new ones
Uneven surface
Tiles can get scratched, cracked or chipped
Grout can stain
Grout is porous
Moisture can penetrate
Concrete Smooth & very strong
Heat & scratch resistant material
Lost of color options
Durable
Can get cracked
Somewhat porous
Must be sealed & waxed
Needs to be custom cast
Quartzite Can be used as a cutting board
Not harmed by acidic drinks
Heat resistant
Non-porous
Naturally anti-bacterial
Does not require seal or maintenance
Expensive stone
Can chip and crack
Must be purchased by slab