How to choose the best kitchen countertops

From gleaming marble and sparking quartz to granite, soapstone, solid acrylic surfaces and even plastic laminate materials, the options for counter top materials, colours, quality and installation are virtually endless. Natural stone is a classic and elegant choice for both modern and traditional kitchens, but which stone is the best for your kitchen, and would another material fit the bill for a smaller price tag?

Starting with natural stone, the most common options include granite, quartz and soapstone. These come in a wide range of colours, from blues, reds, browns, to shades of black and even whites. One of the big draws for this material is that it can provide a beautiful, seamless counter top with a gleaming polished look. Homeowners should be sure to use a stone cleaner, not an abrasive cleaner however, as this could damage the stone. Quartz, on the other hand, is nonporous and virtually maintenance free.

Solid surfaces like Corian are made of acrylic, polyester or a mixture of the two materials. They are stain-resistant, durable and can be easily repaired by sanding and filling burns, scratches or gouges in the surface. They come in countless colours and styles, and can even resemble natural stone for a less costly alternative.

Finally, plastic laminate is another durable option which can provide you with an affordable and luxurious look. It is available in hundreds of colours, patterns and various textures. This is the least costly option for most kitchen counter tops and will still provide the high quality look that homeowners desire.

To learn more about the many options available for kitchen counter tops, contact T. R. Design online or call their 184 David Street office in Kawartha Lakes at 705-878-0611. To find out more or read testimonials from their past clients, visit