beach-house-kitche-design-1024x768The selection of kitchen countertops is important for two reasons. First, your choice influences the overall appearance of the room. Secondly, it determines how quickly your countertops will need replacement. Some countertop materials are easier to clean, more resistant to damage, and easier to blend with surroundings than other types. Your selection of a countertop should be based upon what you intend to use it for and not just for its appearance. Here is a look at some of the most popular choices in kitchen countertops along with some of the benefits attached to choosing them.

Polished Granite | Perhaps the most popular choice in kitchen countertops, polished granite have the following qualities:
.   Durable
.   Attractive
.   Natural
.   High-end appearance

Honed Granite | Although not as popular as engineered granite, honed granite has these qualities:
.   Matte finish
.   Heat resistant
.   Scratch resistant
.   Chip and crack resistant

Engineered Quartz | Offering a non-porous surface, engineered quartz countertops are:
.   Heat resistant
.   Stain resistant
.   Impact resistant
.   Acid resistant
.   Scratch resistant
.   Easily maintained

Marble | Offering enduring popularity, marble countertops have lots of merit, including the fact that they are:
.   Capable of hiding minor damage and stains
.   Aesthetically pleasing
.   Smooth

Wood | Offering a natural look, wood countertops provide:
.   Hard surfaces
.   Heat resistance
.   Earth tones

Laminate | An affordable option, laminate is experiencing fresh popularity because it offers:
.   Patterned designs
.   Bright colors
. Trendy Styling

Stainless Steel | Featured in industrial kitchens, stainless steel countertops have a lot to offer, including:
.   Easy maintenance
.   Durability
.   Hygienic surface
.   Coordinates well with other materials

Glass | A pricier, out-of-the-box option, glass countertops offer:
.   Modern styling
.   Streamlined appearance
.   Stain resistance
.   Easy maintenance
.   Durability

The above options are just some of the most commonly chosen materials for kitchen countertops, and you might also want to look at recycled, concrete, travertine, or soapstone materials. If you intend to use your countertops for food preparation and entertaining, you might want to select a style that delivers durability and resistance to damage. If you don’t intend to spend much time cooking in your kitchen, then your options are more varied. Talk to your interior designer for suggestions to help you make the best choice.