If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen or simply updating your countertops, you may want to look into some of the pros and cons of the different materials available.
Wood or butcher block
PROS: easy to clean, smooth surface, can be sanded and resealed as needed.
CONS: expensive, price varies depending on the type of wood, maintenance required, can be damaged by water and stains over time, scratches must be oiled or sealed
PROS: takes hot pans , easy to clean, will not rust or stain, modern sleek appearance
CONS: more expensive than many other countertops, may dent, a cutting board will be needed as you cannot cut directly and its noisy
PROS: rich deep color, smooth, somewhat stain resistant, easy to clean, scratches can be sanded or oiled away
CONS: requires regular maintenance, may crack and darken over time, more expensive than most granite
PROS: comes in different colors, stain resistant, non porous, mildew, mold and bacteria resistant
CONS: scratches easily, will easily get damaged by hot pots, expensive but less than granite
PROS: holds up well to heat, lasts a life time, easy to clean
CONS: can crack if stressed or improperly installed, expensive, some stones can stain if not sealed
PROS: non porous surface, resists scratches, easy to clean and maintain
CONS: expensive but cheaper than medium grade granite, not heat proof
PROS: durable and easy to clean, takes hot pans well, inexpensive
CONS: can chip or crack, grout lines become stained over time
PROS: inexpensive, easy to clean, large selection of colors and styles
CONS: scratches and chips easily, not heat proof
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