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Countertops can be Easy Maintenance!

Choosing beautiful countertops for your kitchen is one of the most exciting, fun, and perplexing decisions you’ll make.  The colors! The veining! The durability!  Finding out all the pros and cons and choosing from the multitude of variables could be a research project consuming weeks.

Or, you could just ask us.  Our experienced design staff can make that part of the job easy.  But to get you started considering your options, here are a few of our favorite materials.


Granite is available in several grades, patterns, thicknesses, and countless colors.  A slab can cost anywhere from $25 per square foot for basic stone to $1,000 per square foot for a high-end product.  To spare your budget, you can choose a three-quarter-inch thick slab that will serve you well.


  • Beautiful and dramatic, granite has timeless appeal and can increase the home resale value
  • Low-maintenance – heat- and scratch-resistant


  • Porous –granite must be sealed occasionally to maintain its surface and protect from stains
  • Expensive


Quartz is one of the hardest materials in the world and is more durable and long-lasting than granite. Manufactured quartz countertops come in a vast array of colors and patterns. Some varieties that hard to distinguish from granite or marble.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of quartz surfaces is that they are stain- and heat-resistant, making them easy to maintain. The non-porous quality of quartz also makes it highly resistant to mold and bacteria contamination.


  • Stain and heat resistant
  • Mid-range cost
  • No sealing needed
  • Resistant to mold and bacteria


  • Seams can be more visible
  • Some colors and patterns can look artificial, so it pays to get a sample before deciding


Soapstone is a natural stone that’s available in a range of grays from pale to robust, with subtle veining. Soapstone darkens over time and requires regular maintenance with mineral oil applications, but the rich appearance, smooth feel, and uniqueness make it a popular choice.


  • Durable, low-maintenance
  • Non-porous
  • Does not require sealing
  • Highly stain and bacteria resistant


  • Is relatively soft, and can get cut marks or be damaged by dropping heavy objects.


Perhaps the most elegant choice, marble is perfect for a classic kitchen design. It can be found in a wide range of textures and colors from beige and creamy white to black and slate gray.


  • Beautiful, classic, and elegant
  • Natural material with a wide variety of textures and color
  • Can increase property value


  • Expensive
  • Must be sealed regularly; stains and scratches easily
  • Very heavy


Concrete kitchen countertops bring a unique, creative feel to your room.  Versatile, they’re used in all types of kitchen designs, from modern to rustic. Staining the concrete can introduce a pop of color, and patterned imprints like floral designs, also add visual interest.


  • Can be tinted with color or stained
  • Eco-friendly
  • Extremely durable


  • Require proper sealing every year
  • Should be waxed twice a year.
  • Fairly expensive

Wood or Butcher Block

Wood countertops can be both functional and decorative. Functional ones, like a butcher block, are ideal for food preparation. An unfinished, natural wood countertop is great in a rustic, homey kitchen for visual appeal.  More classic kitchens will call for finished wood, and teak is often used.

Once sealed, wood countertops are sanitary for chopping meat, and hot pots and pans can easily be placed on the surface because wood countertops are heat-resistant.

Wood countertops can be made from a number of lumber varieties, including oak, walnut, maple, and cherry. Consider staining your countertop with food-safe blue, green, red and yellow stains for a unique surface.


  • Add beauty and warmth
  • A variety of woods are used, including maple, teak, cherry, and oak
  • Durable. Stains can be sanded out.
  • Recyclable


  • Must be regularly sealed to prevent staining
  • It May need refinishing to combat wear and tear over time
  • More easily damaged than stone or tile

All of these selections have one thing in common. For them to serve you well over time, they need to be installed correctly from the beginning.  Our team of experienced countertop installers use only the most up-to-date products and techniques.  If you’re thinking about replacing your countertops, get the expertise you need from the planning stage through installation by calling us at Ferris Home Improvements.