The most popular types of kitchen countertops are stone, such as granite, quartz, marble, limestone and soapstone. Other popular kitchen countertop materials include laminate, solid surface, recycled glass and butcher block.
Stone is expensive but beautiful, strong and tough. Granite is one of the toughest stones and can come in a variety of colors. Most stone countertops need to be sealed to protect against etching and stains, and ideally, even slightly acidic materials like lemon juice or wine shouldn't make contact with them. However, if they are well cared for, stone countertops can last longer than the house.
Laminate is inexpensive and easy to install. It's made of sheets of paper that have been heat-fused then finished off with melamine. Laminate can be made to resemble just about any other material. This includes wood and stone. It can also be made in a variety of colors and patterns. Laminate also resists staining, scratching and fading.
Solid-surface countertops are made of acrylic and also resist staining, fading and heat. Because solid surface is molded, it can have integral sinks. This eliminates the risk of leaking from around a sink rim. Solid surface also resists bacteria and mold. Like laminates, solid surface can come in nearly any color and a wealth of patterns.