Countertops: Pros and Cons

Things you should know about countertop surfaces to help make the selection process a little easier for you.

Get Started: How to Choose Countertops

Choosing countertops that you would like to buy should start with a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of countertop surfaces available. With this understanding, you will be able to narrow your options and select the types of stone you are most interested in choosing from quickly. 

Countertop Slab Inventory

Download a Handy Buying Guide for Countertops

Narrow your surface selections with this handy reference to the pros and cons of quartz, solid surface, granite, marble and quartzite.

Style Decisions: Consult with a Designer

When you have a good idea of the countertop surface you are interested in, you will be ready to select a hue, style, and color. For this stage of the countertop buying process, consider scheduling a consultation with a designer.

Professionals can expedite the selection process for you since they are familiar with available inventory and can match your preferences and budget to inventory. They can also offer advice on how to organize your kitchen countertops, match your cabinets to the countertops as well as professionally measure your space to provide accurate cost estimates for budgeting on what it could cost to transform your space with new countertops.

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Countertop Selection: What types of countertops are best?


Consider your project’s space when answering this question. The answer to what types of countertops are best depends on what type of space you need countertops for.

  • Kitchen
  • Bath
  • Laundry Room
  • Rec Room
  • Outdoor Area 

High-Traffic vs Minimal Usage Areas

Countertop solutions for busy families and high traffic areas will be different than the urban pad designed for minimal usage. If you are considering countertops for a busy kitchen, a countertop surface’s strong resistance to scratching, stains, heat, and impact will be important. If you are looking for new countertops for a special space where you don’t anticipate as much traffic and daily use, your available options can expand to include softer materials like marble. In some cases, you might desire to mix and match with granite for your kitchen island and marble for your baking area. The bottom line is the type of material you select should be known to work well in the space you anticipate using it in.

Countertop Surfaces: Resistance to Scratching, Scorching and Staining

Countertop selection should also take into consideration your need for a surface’s resistance to scratching, scorching, and staining.

Countertop Surfaces: Resistance to Scratching, Scorching and Staining

Cost of Countertops

Understanding what is factored into the cost of countertops will help you compare your countertop options. Remember to consider not only the material cost but also the cost for countertop installation.

Material Cost

The material cost of countertops is a major factor in pricing but it’s not everything. The square footage of your space will determine how much of the countertop surface is needed. Countertop fabrication (to cut, edge, and polish raw stone) will be included unless a prefabricated slab is chosen. The thickness preference of your countertop (1.2 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm, etc) will also factor into pricing.

Countertop installation

Professional installers are recommended as most countertop solutions require specialized tools. If you choose to DIY your project, do your research and make sure you don’t select a material like granite which is very unforgiving. A quote will include an estimate of the time necessary to prep the space for countertop installation including the removal and disposal of existing surfaces. It will also include time for sanding and shaping necessary to make a perfect fit while polishing and sealing to prepare the countertop for its functional use.

Kitchen Countertops

Countertop Innovation

Innovations for countertops are on the rise. Silestone, a brand of quartz, has a new innovation that includes incorporating technology on top of the countertop surface to increase durability. You might also see new advances in creative finishes (such as flamed or leathered). With interest, ask us or your design professional to show you what type of new features are now available to you. You can also stay up to date with the latest trends by following us on Facebook. We post frequently!

Countertops We Offer

At Brunswick Cabinets and Countertops, we currently offer countertops in quartz, solid surface, granite, marble, and quartzite. Best of all, we work with suppliers like Francini Marble that allow you to hand-pick your slab. This is an advantage over purchasing from big box retailers as you can confirm that you’re in love with your actual countertop slab selection and not just the countertop sample you may have first seen. If you are interested in replacing your countertops, stop by our showroom to view samples or request a free countertop quote to begin budgeting for what it might cost for replacement.