21st Century Countertops Beyond Granite: An Infographic

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Granite countertops are the cat’s pajamas to a lot of people. But, in the 21st century, there are many viable options for kitchen surfaces. Here are a few.


Countertops are a big selling feature when you’re looking for a new place to live, or when you’re thinking about selling, too. Of course, when all of that is decided upon, the countertop in question has both practical and aesthetic value when it comes to spending time in your kitchen.

Granite for countertops is commonly thought of as being at the top of the tree where all of this is concerned. There are several good reasons for this of course. But, sometimes when we think of the best countertop surface, we suffer from a bit of tunnel vision around granite. As it turns out, it’s not the only game in town when it comes to quality kitchen surfaces.

Here’s a selection of other surfaces with strengths of their own based on a piece we published earlier, this time in infographic form! Take a look.

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Countertops of distinction

Granite is a great material for countertops. On top of being heat-resistant and very hard, it is distinctively patterned. But, so are many other types of countertops listed above. Many of them are exactly suited to a surrounding interior aesthetic that granite may not fit into as easily.

This part of it is up to you, as always. But, more options are better than fewer.

Your preferences

What are your preferences? Are you team granite all the way? Or do you feel a countertop surface depends on the surrounding decor?

What kinds of surfaces are featured in your own kitchen?

Which surfaces might you choose over granite yourself?

Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.



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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.