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8 Countertops You Need to Consider

So many beautiful countertops—but which one is right for you? 

Amit Thale of Aeon Stone and Tile shared his insights into the pros and cons of each material—balancing beauty and durability for the perfect finish to a great kitchen.

Marble

Pros: Beauty; heat-resistant; cost-effective (depending on type: Carrara least expensive)
Cons: Porous; susceptible to stains, cracks and chips; high-maintenance
Average cost: $12 to $150 per square foot

Granite

Pros: Wide range of shades; durable; heat-resistant; low-maintenance; longevity
Cons: Porous; can be expensive, depending on colour; needs professional installation
Average cost: $9 to $75 per square foot

Laminate

Pros: Affordable; easy to install; easy to imitate natural stone
Cons: Easy to damage; not heat-resistant; not easy to repair
Average cost: $10 to $30 per linear foot

Quartzite

Pros: Durable; looks like marble; non-porous; wide colour selection; scratch-resistant; doesn’t need much sealing; most popular natural stone option
Cons:Mid-range cost; needs professional installation
Average cost $16 to $110 per square foot

Ceramic

Pros: Customizable; affordable; glazed ceramic is heat- and stain-resistant; closest option to marble alternative: it’s a laser-printed image of high-quality marble
Cons: Easy to crack; not easy to repair; grout joints can accumulate dirt
Average cost: $19 per square foot

Butcher Block

Pros: Easy to repair; easy to install; affordable; longevity
Cons: Porous; easy to chip, scratch and stain
Average cost: $20 to $150 per square foot

Caesarstone

Pros: Non-porous; durable; low-maintenance
Cons: Not heat-resistant; can be too heavy for some cabinet frames
Average cost: $15 to $40 per square foot

Silestone

Pros: Durable; non-porous; low-maintenance; lots of shades
Cons: Not heat-resistant; more expensive
Average cost: $19 to $31 per square foot

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