Tips for Choosing a Countertop Material

Choosing the right kitchen countertop materials for your home is important since they will be used on a daily basis. There are many natural and engineered stones to choose from, with each having different qualities.


Natural Stones for your countertops


Granite is a sophisticated and high-end natural stone. It comes in a variety of colors like white, red, black, brown, blue and green, each possessing unique patterns and veining. Granite is heat, scratch and even stain resistant when properly sealed and maintained. Granite kitchen countertop prices vary depending on the color, thickness, and edging.

Marble kitchen countertops are another natural stone that exudes luxury and elegance.  The most in-demand color is white, but different hues are getting popular, including Calacatta gold marble. The timeless beauty of marble is undeniable, but you must carefully take care of the counters. With proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime.


Countertops with Engineered Materials


Silestone is a brand name for engineered quartz kitchen countertops, and are available at GCW. This material is extremely durable and resilient! It’s non-porous making it impervious to germs and bacteria without needing sealants. As for colors, the vast selection of quartz colors and patterns do an incredible job of mimicking real stone, looking very natural and stunningly beautiful.

Another countertop material is Corian.  It is a brand name for solid surface countertops. It is a non-porous material, easy to clean and available in a variety of hues, tones, and colors for nearly any design and application. Corian counters are extremely durable and a top choice for a counter surface that will see a lot of use.


In conclusion, you should consider your kitchen design, your budget, and your lifestyle before making a final decision. In the end, whichever material you choose, a new kitchen countertop will give your home a new look, while increasing the resale value.

Stop by our showroom to see these countertop materials, along with many more! GCW is open 7 days a week for your convenience. You can also speak with one of our designers for a bathroom or kitchen countertop ideas and suggestions.