Counter top Choices

By Wendy Manley, CKD


There are so many choices to make when selecting materials for a new living space. Whether it be a kitchen, bath, outdoor BBQ or an office – counter tops are something for which the possibilities can endless.

Gone are the days of limited counter top options like granite, Corian or laminate. Quartz is a newer and quite popular material that has some great qualities along with many, many color options. It is a very hard and non-porous material, meaning that it is very durable and it’s cleanliness lends itself to use in even commercial environments, like hospitals.  Another nice feature of quartz is that it never has to be sealed. This is unlike granite and marble which do require resealing periodically.

Recycled products are also becoming quite popular for counter tops. Recycled glass counter tops are an attractive option for many spaces. The glass arrangements in these tops can often provide the “BLING” of the new space, definitely making it a conversation piece.

Concrete (cement) is another viable option. Although concrete doesn’t offer as many color choices as other counter top materials, the look of a concrete top is can be quite stunning. Concrete offers a commercial style look that is quite fashionable that is also very durable.

And, of course, there is also the option of the tried and true granite or marble tops. Both require some upkeep but offer classic and gorgeous color options. These have been popular for years and continue to be a favored choice.

Most of these counter top materials mentioned are similarly priced based on color and thickness.  Concrete and recycled glass will be on the pricier end of the scale, while granite and quartz will be less.


Come in and see us at Waterview Kitchens in Tequesta. We can help you with your counter top and cabinetry selection process and show you samples of all. We promise to design you a terrific room with all the materials that are perfect for your space!