Whether you want to renovate your entire kitchen, or simply just change up the look, purchasing kitchen countertops could end up being one the most important decisions you make. Aside from maybe cabinetry, kitchen countertops will more than likely end up being the star of your kitchen. So, you may want to do some research into the different types of countertops that are out there, in order to make the best and most informed decision.

In this article we will address several of the different types of kitchen countertops that are on the market today.

Soapstone Kitchen Counters

This type of counter top is actually often used in laboratories because it is highly resistant to stains, chemicals, and bacteria. Also, soapstone is very durable and gives a natural feel to any kitchen. The cost of soapstone is anywhere from about $80 to hundred dollars per square foot installed. While this may seem expensive, it can be a lifetime investment.

Granite Kitchen Counters

Granite is probably one of the most popular kitchen counter options on the market. It is a natural stone that has unique grains and colors that make it easy to customize your kitchen. Plus, when installed properly, it is one of the most durable options available. You can purchase granite countertops as low as $50 per square foot installed

Copper Kitchen Counters

Copper countertops certainly aren’t common, but they are surprisingly easy to keep clean and maintain. However, it’s important to realize it’s a “living” surface and will react to different substances. But for those who love the look, you can get these countertops for about $100 per square foot. Plus, if you’re going for a very rustic feel, these are great when paired with a faux brick panel backsplash.

Engineered Quartz Counters

When wanting to find the perfect color of countertop to complement your kitchen, engineered quartz counters are a great option as they come in about every shade imaginable. These versatile counters are also eco-friendly, which make it great if you’re trying to “go green”. However, you will have to pay about $95 to $105 per square foot to install these in your home.

Tile Kitchen Counters

Tile kitchen counters are probably one of the most affordable choices on the market. They start around $30 per square foot and are incredibly durable. Plus, they are one of the few do-it-yourself countertop options that are available. Maintenance can be more difficult because of the grout, but choosing a durable and dark grout can help ease this burden.

Concrete Kitchen Counters

Concrete counters can actually be an amazing choice. Pigments, stains, and dies can create concrete counters that have an endless assortment of colors and visual texture. And, with the right sealer, it is probably the most durable countertop available. Making the price tag of $100 -$150 per square foot well worth the cost. Plus, like copper kitchen counters, concrete counters pair very well with faux brick panels, depending on the color you choose.

There are dozens of options you can choose from when it comes to kitchen countertops. The key to selecting the right one for you is to have a clear visual understanding of what it is you want for your kitchen. And also, to have an idea of how you want to use the countertop. Both of these play a significant role in helping you make the perfect choice for your kitchen countertop. Happy Renovating!