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How to Choose Your Countertop Surface

A kitchen featuring newly installed quartz countertops.

The most popular of our countertop options, quartz is recommended for its high durability and low-maintenance characteristics. It also features a timeless, refined appearance. Quartz comes in a wide assortment of colors and features a subtle pattern of veins throughout the surface. 

Since quartz is one of the world’s toughest minerals, it makes for a hard countertop surface that resists dents and stains. This makes it a great choice for households with children. 

A close up of newly installed granite countertops.

Known for its natural beauty and durability, granite is another popular choice among homeowners. This material is available in a variety of colors, and since it’s naturally sourced, each rock slab features a unique design, granting you a one-of-a-kind finish. 

Since granite has a porous surface, this countertop type needs to be resealed every 10 to 15 years. 

A kitchen featuring newly installed marble countertops.

Marble countertops are a beautiful and elegant accent in luxury kitchens, but they stain easily and are typically not covered by extended warranties. This countertop type is also easily etched, and the polished finish can be compromised by common kitchen staples like lemon juice, tomatoes and vinegar.

A sealer should be applied to help protect the surface, and best maintenance practices call for an annual touch-up.

Chips and cracks are also common on marble countertops, but they can be repaired with an epoxy or polyester resin.

Solid Surface
A kitchen featuring newly installed solid surface countertops.

Featuring a seamless and contemporary look, solid surface countertops are exceptionally heat resistant and easy to repair. This material is synthetically made from mineral derivatives and available in countless colors and hues.

Solid surface countertops are becoming more widespread, due to the popularity of their nearly invisible seams. The material can be effortlessly molded to accommodate larger sinks and other countertop additions.

Solid surface countertops require very little maintenance thanks to a non-porous finish. If any scratches occur, they can be easily buffed away.

A kitchen featuring newly installed laminate countertops.

Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop options available and is known for its versatility and stain-resistant surface. 

Since laminate is synthetically manufactured, this material is available in virtually any color, pattern or style. Finish options vary from matte to high gloss and everything in between.

Low-maintenance and easy to clean, laminate is an excellent option for high-traffic homes since it’s designed to withstand damage and rarely scratches, dents or stains.

A kitchen featuring newly installed wood countertops.

Warm and charming in appearance, wood countertops are often found in rustic or vintage style kitchens. Wood is available in a variety of colors and grain patterns from different species of trees. This countertop material is often given a matte finish but can also feature a glossy coating. 

Wood requires regular maintenance since the material is susceptible to damage from water, heat and steam, and it marks easily. Due to its delicate surface, wooden countertops are rarely recommended for the entire kitchen. This material works better as an accent on a smaller surface like a bar top or kitchen island.

The Home Depot has a wide selection of countertop designs both in-store and online. These products and services are backed by best-in-class warranties. The Home Depot offers flexible financing options, so you can build your dream kitchen sooner. All installations are performed by local, licensed and insured professionals, who are fully background checked and arrive wearing The Home Depot badges.