- Solid Surface ( corian, silestone, etc.)
- Wood ( Usually maple or oak )
- Tile ( ceramic, granite, porcelain, or marble )
Pros : Wide range of colors and patterns ; easy to clean ; low in cost.
Cons : Scratches and chips ; seams are noticeable ; cannot place hot items on counter ; prone to water damage over time ; cannot camouflage repairs.
Maintenance : Clean with soap and water ; can remove stains with non-abrasive cleanser.
2. Solid Surface
Pros : Luxurious ; custom molded to fit cabinets ; durable ; scratches and burns can be sanded away.
Cons : Expensive, High in cost.
Maintenance : Cleans with non-abrasive cleanser ; sand to remove scratches and burns, using 550-grit sandpaper.
Pros : Natural beauty ; scratches and burns can be sanded away ; moderate in cost.
Cons : Constantly needs waterproofing and sealing ; warping may occur ; less durable than stone ; can collect bacteria ; can stain.
Maintenance : clean with oil-based soaps ; sand to remove scratches and burns using 220-grit sandpaper followed by water sealer.
Pros : Wide range of colors and designs ; easy to install ; easy to repair.
Cons : Grout shows soiling, difficult to keep clean ; can crack or chip easily ; moderate to high in cost.
Maintenance : Clean glazed tiles with soap and water ; clean porcelain tiles with oil-based soaps, such as Murphy's ; apply grout sealer every 3 months and re-grout as necessary.
Pros : Luxurious ; extremely durable ; will not burn ; does not scratch or chip easily.
Cons : Can crack ; difficult to repair ; limited color selection ; can stain ; seams are noticeable ; expensive.
Maintenance : Clean with warm, clear water and dry with a cheesecloth ; use a 3-part cleaner once every 2 years to clean, seal and polish.