Know Your Countertop Materials

December 22, 2016

Update your kitchen with one of these beautiful countertop options

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home – a place where family and friends gather to cook, entertain and relax. So, naturally, you want your kitchen to be both functional and appealing. Are your countertops looking a bit stained and tired?  According to HGTV, if you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, the kitchen can often be the deciding factor in many home sales – so having updated countertops is even more important.

With a wide variety of beautiful options available, the choices can be overwhelming. We’ve put together this collection of seven popular materials to help you make the right choice for your home.

Listed with John Mentis, this Washington, D.C., condo features white quartz countertops.

Quartz: This manmade material is created from stone mixed with coloring. It’s available in custom colors, textures and patterns, and it is maintenance free and stain resistant.

This oceanfront Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home, listed with the City2Beach team, has granite kitchen counters.

Granite: Stylish and durable with unique patterns, this natural stone must be sealed once per year.

This Chevy Chase, Maryland, home, listed by Alice McKenna features marble countertops.

Marble: A crystalized rock that needs to be regularly sealed to prevent stains and scratches.

This Fairfax, Virginia, home, listed with Cathy DeLoach, features quartzite counters.

Quartzite: A natural stone that looks like marble, but it doesn’t scratch and has the durability of granite.

Listed by The Mottola Group, this Greenville, Delaware, home features a teak butcher block center island and granite counters.

Wood: A material that is heat resistant, must be sealed and is often used in low traffic and eating areas.

Stainless steel counters provide a sleek and modern look to this kitchen.

Stainless steel: It’s easy to clean, inhibits bacteria and is considered one of the most hygienic countertop options available. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Souza and countertops by Precision Architectural Metals in Hyattsville, Maryland.)

Inside this Great Falls, Virginia, kitchen, you'll find an island topped with glass and granite.

Glass: This material can be cut into any shape and texture, and it has endless color options.

Once your new kitchen countertops have been installed, don’t be surprised if you’re so amazed at the updated look that you’ll want to add new bathroom countertops as well.




  1. Tom Mulhern

    December 26, 2016

    Really wonderful post.In my opinion Marble slab is the best option for the kitchen countertop. It Not only looks very beautiful but also more durable and strong than other options.

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