Posted in Dallas Morning News Thought would be interesting since we do get soo many questions on counter tops
LAMINATES: Pros: wide range of colours durable and inexpensive Cons: cant be repaired can't withstand chopping and hot pans
GRANITE: Pros: Durable, heat resistant, easy cleanup, wide range of colors and visual textures Cons: Heavy weight requires a sturdy base, needs sealing to prevent absorption and staining. Fabrication and installation is very expensive.
C0NCRETE: Pros: heat resistant and versitle cons: Heavy weight requires a sturdy base, needs sealing to prevent absorption and staining, very labor intensive and installation is expensive
Pros: heat resistant, wide range of colors and designs, damaged tile can be replaced, cheap. Cons: Poor chopping surface periodically needs re grouting, requires separate edging.
Pros: Adds warmth to kitchen decor, scrateches can be sanded out, won't dull knives , mid range in costs. Cons: Susceptible to stains and water damange even when sealed.
SOLID SURFACES: Pros: Easy cleanup can be shaped and customized, wide range of colors, self supporting. Cons: Requires professional installation, can be damaged by household chemicals such as oven cleaner and paint remover.
MARBLE: Pros: Beautiful, smooth cool surfaces is ideal for pastrey prep Cons: Prone to staining and scratching even when sealed. Acids spills such as orange juice can cause etching that dulls the finish.