Are you stumped on how you can revamp your current kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams? Your countertops are one of the many places you can look to make a great lasting impression. These five kitchen countertop materials can help take your space from drab to fab in no time!

5 Countertop Materials to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen


Laminate, paper blended with resin and fused to particle board, has been a kitchen staple for decades. With new designs now on the market, this once plain-Jane countertop option is returning to the limelight.

  • Pros: Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop options and one of the easiest to care for. Its light weight and easy-to-clean surface make it a great option for kitchens on a budget.
  • Cons: Although affordable, laminate is prone to heat and water damage, knife marks, and chipping. With repeated moisture exposure, the layers can actually begin to peel apart. Laminate cannot be used with under-mount sinks and can be difficult to repair if damaged.


Soapstone is a recent newcomer to the kitchen countertop scene, but it’s quickly making a name for itself. Subtler than granite, it has a humble elegance that can beautifully complement a space.

  • Pros: Soapstone has a natural softness that lends well to older and cottage-style homes. Soapstone starts out light grey when installed, and then it gradually darkens over time adding age and character to your space.
  • Cons: This material must be polished with oil to keep it in good condition. Cracks may form over time. It is also less resistant to blade nicks and chips than other types of stone and its natural roughness can scratch glassware or china.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel, which was once only used in commercial kitchens, has become a modern-age luxury. Virtually indestructible, this material can be molded to fit any desired specifications for a tailored look.

  • Pros: No other countertop material compares to stainless steel when it comes to repelling heat and bacteria. This material is perfect for high-traffic kitchens and gives a contemporary look to industrial spaces.
  • Cons: Stainless steel easily shows fingerprints and other smudges and has to be wiped down regularly to maintain a clean sheen. Chemicals can create unwanted stains or etching, and having it custom cast can be pricey.


A trendy asset for modern home makeovers, concrete is the newest fad in kitchen remodeling. With its edgier feel and industrial chic vibe, concrete is quickly becoming a homeowner must-have.

  • Pros: Concrete’s versatility allows for limitless options when it comes to customizing tint, size, and shape. It can easily be personalized with unique inlays such as tile, glass, or stone.
  • Cons: As a porous material, concrete easily stains if not sealed frequently. Small cracks can appear over time, and like granite, its heavy weight requires sturdy cabinet boxes for support. Customized pieces can be pricey compared to other countertop options.

Butcher Block

Butcher block wood is homey, welcoming, and a true classic. Neutral enough to go with a number of styles and looks, the wood is especially fitted for traditional, country, and cottage-style homes.

  • Pros: Butcher block’s natural appearance ages well with time. Many homeowners like the worn look that accumulates after years of use. For those who do not, sandpaper easily takes out nicks and scratches.
  • Cons: When exposed to moisture, wood swells and contracts, creating crevices that can house bacteria. Frequent disinfecting and oiling is required to maintain the wood and protect the surface.

Remodeling Your Kitchen in Ames

Cyclone Contracting is dedicated to helping you build the kitchen of your dreams. For more information or tips on kitchen remodeling or to schedule a free remodeling consultation, call us today at (515)-292-4629 or send us a quick message online and we’ll get back to you soon!