In recent years, granite countertops have been all the rage in kitchen design. While granite is certainly a beautiful and durable option, there are other countertop materials that are worth considering. These unique materials can help you express your own sense of style, increase the value of your home, and provide you with a durable and functional countertop.


Soapstone is a natural stone that comes in a dark gray color. It is commonly found in historic homes but is also experiencing a resurgence. The stone has a smooth and silky surface that is resistant to stains. Soapstone is susceptible to scratches, but this is one of its benefits. Over time, the scratches will form a beautiful, antique patina.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is significantly less expensive than natural stone and will expand your design option. Tile comes in all sorts of colors and patterns that will allow you to design and install a truly individual countertop. In fact, ceramic tile even comes in colors and textures that resemble wood, marble, cork, and much more.  


For many years, laminates, such as Formica, were considered as just an average material, but advances in technology have made laminates more durable and stylish than ever. They have the perfect retro feel and provide an affordable countertop option. Plus, prefabricated countertops are perfect for DIY installation. 

Butcher Block

Butcher Block

Wood always provides a warm look and feel and creates a functional countertop that is easy to clean. While wood does require some additional maintenance, when it is cared for properly, it can be long-lasting. A wood countertop is the perfect addition to country and modern kitchens.


For a more industrial style, metal, including stainless steel is a great choice. It is super easy to clean and totally heat resistant. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this material will make you feel like a professional chef.

Fortunately, most kitchen countertop materials are relatively durable and scratch and stain-resistant. No matter what type of material you decide on, it should continue to look new for years to come. Once wear and tear have eroded the surface, kitchen countertops can be refinished using special techniques. Replacement isn’t your only option. To learn more about countertop refinishing and various countertop materials, contact the experts at Affordable Refinishing.