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Choosing The Right Countertops For Your Custom Kitchen

When building a custom home, the kitchen is probably the most exciting room to design. There are so many aspects to a kitchen and design options to choose from. Countertops are one of the biggest choices you’ll make when it comes to kitchen design. Here are some of the top choices for countertop material!

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Granite is a longtime favorite as it adds a high-end appearance to your kitchen. Every slab has its own unique characteristics as it is a 100% natural sourced material. Granite is heat resistant so you can put hot pots and pans on it without any fear. It’s low maintenance and resistant to stains, chemicals, and scratches. This durable material will give you a long-lasting countertop. It is important to note that granite is a porous material, so you may need to have periodic sealing.

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Quartz has been rising in popularity for homeowners looking for a rich, natural stone appearance. Quartz comes in a range of natural colors and tones to match any aesthetic. Besides the great look of quartz, it’s also extremely durable and easy to maintain. In fact, it’s more durable than granite, tile, and laminate. It also is resistant to fading from UV lighting. Some of the downsides of quartz is that is typically more expensive and can be damaged by excessive heat.

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Laminate is one of the most cost-effective materials. It first came to prominence in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, made from a synthetic plastic material. If you’re on a budget, laminate is something to consider. Many laminate options are designed to look like other materials such as stone and wood. It’s a low maintenance material that is resistant to stains and easy to clean. Although it is fairly durable, laminate does tend to have a shorter life span compared to other countertop options. 

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Tile countertops are another low-cost option. They are made from ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone. It’s one of the most versatile materials to work with and can give you almost an endless amount of design options since it can be cut in different shapes and sizes. With tile, one downside is that grout occurs between tiles and requires regular maintenance and sealing. Tile can also crack and chip, but it’s fairly easy to repair since you only need to replace a single tile instead of an entire slab. 

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Marble can offer a truly stunning appearance with unique patterns and colors. That beauty comes with a price though. It’s a more expensive option, plus there are some other downsides. Marble is porous and less resistant to stains, heat, and physical damage compared to other countertop options. However, if you don’t use your kitchen for cooking that often, it may be worth the appealing upscale look.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel can be a unique choice for people looking to match their stainless steel appliances and finishes. It’s a great choice for its durability and hygienic properties. Since it is nonporous, it is very easy to clean and highly sanitary. It’s available in several finishes so you can match the rest of the kitchen.

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Wood/butcher block

Natural wood can offer a warm appearance. Once sealed, it provides a durable surface that is great for food preparation. It’s also heat-resistant. Depending on the wood you choose, the price can vary. Natural wood may need more maintenance since it a porous material and will need to be periodically resealed. 


At Elon Homes, we want to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. As experts in this industry, we can help guide you in choosing the right countertop for you and your lifestyle. If you have any questions about the custom home process, check out our FAQ page.