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Countertops 411

Like any home, the countertops used in a mountain style design can really make an impact on the aesthetic look and feel of a particular space. While you may be familiar with a number of different countertop options, building trends are always evolving and changing overtime. Here is an up-to-date look from Bob Vila at some of the most common countertop materials available and how they compare by cost.

What you might like: laminate is one of the most commonly used countertop products for its variety and affordable pricing.

What you should know: While there is a lot that you can do with this product, it is also more susceptible to scratches and burns that can be difficult to repair.

Price: $15 to $40 per linear foot.

Ceramic Tile
What you might like: this product also offers a wide range of colors and designs depending on the types of tile you choose and it will not burn or scratch.

What you should know: cost is very much a factor as prices can fluctuate based on the tile selected and the difficulty of installation. Also, while the tile doesn’t scratch or burn, it can break and the grout in-between will have to be redone periodically.

Price: $10 and $50 per linear foot.

What you might like: this type of material is often a popular one for those building a mountain-style home because of the natural look of the wood and how it compliments their overall home design.

What you should know: wood surfaces can often be more susceptible to burns, stains, or dents, but it is a simple process to sand and reseal them.

Price: $50 and $100 per linear foot.

What you might like: these countertop choices are often synonymous with a feeling of luxury and include products like granite, marble, and soapstone. Stone is virtually impermeable and a great choice for those looking for long lasting countertops.

What you should know: stone is one of the more expensive choices available and can be difficult to install without a professional.

Price: $100 and $200 per linear foot.

What you might like: much like the hard, durable surfaces of stone, quartz is another crack resistant countertop material that is popular among future homeowners and renovators. With its glossy sheen, it provides a unique look to enhance any space.

What you should know: this option is not heat tolerant and seams will be visible on large countertop designs.

Price: $60 and $100 per square foot.

What you might like: concrete is a popular choice for those wanting a more industrial look in their living space. To avoid the appearance of a sidewalk, these countertops are often tinted with color and sealed to become stain and heat resistant.

What you should know: there may be some difficulty found in its production and transportation, and it can look “wet” without proper sealant.

Price: $65 to $135 per square foot.

Solid Surface
What you might like: while it may seem like a broad term, a solid surfaced countertop means that it is comprised of synthetic polyester and acrylic resins. This option can be made to mimic several different surfaces like wood, stone, and glass.

What you should know: while these surfaces are unlikely to stain, they can be scarred by knives or discolored by heat exposure.

Price: $50 and $200 per linear foot.


For more information on countertop styles and prices, read Bob Vilas’s full article: Countertops Types.