Countertops and Surfaces

Take a look at this photo? What makes it a unique kitchen? You could immediately notice the thick slab of natural wood turned into a bar counter for the kitchen island. Different types of surfaces play a major role in creating texture, character and warmth for any object and this also applies to kitchen countertops. Kitchen surfaces are the most used areas aside from your appliances and cabinetry. They are the ones being spilled on, sliced on and occasionally sat on. Hence the need for a good investment on the surface material. Think of how you are going to use this surface. Would it be for food preparations? Would it be for dining and entertaining guests? Start with these kinds of questions and from there you can slowly find the materials from your suppliers. The Internet is a great source for a plethora of material types and technical specifications. But do visit your local shops for actual samples. Since this is a surface material, try to touch and feel it, not just look at the colors and patterns. Suppliers carry a vast number of types and quality levels, so make sure you are well aware of the maintenance needed to keep the surface clean and presentable. As always, after an intense focus on your surface material, step back and take a look at your overall design before making any final decisions. Nothing is more worth your while than using the right surfaces daily, whether it's cooking for your family and friends, making your own snack, entertaining guests, or even using it as a study/office table. A good countertop will prolong the life of your entire kitchen.


Material Type





Natural Stone

Granite, Marble, Soapstone, Slate, Limestone

👍: Natural look, wide color and pattern selections


👎: Porous, may scratch and stain


Solid Wood

Any thick hardwood found in your local area

👍: Natural look, cost-effective, Repairable


👎:  Can be difficult to source, may dent or scuffed, can discolor



Reinforced Concrete with sealer

👍: Cost-saving, Highly customizable


👎: Porous, prone to cracks, extremely heavy


Solid Surface

Polyester resins, acrylic, epoxy and pigments

👍: Non-porous, seamless, stain resistant, variety of colors, repairable, light material


👎: Prone to scratches



Crushed quartz, glass and silica sand bonded with resin and compressed under heavy pressure

👍: Non-porous, natural look, stain resistant, tough material


👎: limited colors


Stainless Steel

304 food grade stainless steel

👍: Repairable, stain resistant, light material, bendable


👎: limited colors, may dent or get scratched