Choosing the Right Countertop Material


Modular Kitchen counter tops are probably structurally and visually the most important parts of a kitchen. If you have opted for a modular kitchen then deciding on the layout, material and look of the countertop is one of the first things that you should do. In order to make the best choice, it is important for you to know more about different kinds of countertops and their attributes.

Appearance of Different Types of Countertops

  • If you are the kind of person who loves a traditional touch, then a countertop made of solid wood, granite or butcher block will be suitable for your requirements. A traditional marble countertop would also work well.
  • In case a modern touch and a contemporary twist is what you are seeking then using stainless steel, concrete or quartz countertop is a good idea. These kinds of countertops appear to fit in well with kitchens that have a minimalistic design.

In case you have an artistic bent of mind and are always on the lookout for creative expression then you might want to opt for an unusual looking recycled glass countertop. A countertop made of glass will give you a lot of freedom of expression and rejuvenate the whole look of your kitchen.

Thermoform Glass Countertop

A wide variety of laminates and mono solid surface countertop is available nowadays with a stunning array of colors and patterns. It is possible to mix and match different materials, patterns and structures to get an eclectic countertop design.

Attributes of Countertop materials

Granite Countertops are the most preferred choice in modular kitchens because of their durability and variety in colors. Granite is relatively maintenance free and looks great always.

Quartz is a relatively expensive countertop as it is considered to be one a kind of gemstone. Quartz has water resistant properties and antibacterial attributes making it one of the most sought after options.

Stainless Steel Countertops will work great for you if you are high on practicality and usability. These countertops are durable, stain resistant, odorless and require very low amount of maintenance. In commercial kitchens you will find ample use of steel countertops.


Ceramic Tiles are an inexpensive and good material choice for countertops. These kind of countertops look good and are durable too. However they need to be cleaned frequently, as dirt tends to accumulate in the ridges between tiles.

In case you are environmentally conscious then recycled particleboard countertops and recycled glass countertops are ideal options. There are some kind of countertops that are made with a high amount of recycled paper and wood.

Cherry wood countertop with sloping drainboard. Edge grain construction with Waterlox Semi-gloss finish.
Cherry wood countertop with sloping drainboard.

Points to Note

  • In case you have kids then avoid using wood and marble countertops as they are not stain resistant.
  • Some laminate countertops are not particularly resistant to heat and you need to keep this in mind in case you use the gas stove a lot.
  • In case you are new to home designing then it is best not to take the DIY route and seek professional help in installing the countertop.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on February 5, 2015