As a home, business, or even rental property owner, you want your home and its features to withstand the test of time. For many homes and businesses, the countertops are where all the action takes place, from cooking to eating to crafting and so much more, which also means they receive quite a bit of abuse. Rather than investing in a countertop that will be obsolete in a couple of years, we recommend the following five durable countertops.

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5 Durable Countertops That Withstand the Test of Time

#1 Quartz

Quartz is a favorite countertop material choice for landlords, real estate investors, and homeowners who put their countertops through heavy abuse. Quartz is one of the hardest countertop materials, even more so than granite. Plus, it is a nonporous stone, so spills won’t soak in or stain. However, Quartz is sensitive to heat, so it can be damaged if a hot pan or pot is placed directly on the surface.

#2 Granite

Granite is right after quartz on the hardness scale. Granite is common in households as it is scratch and heat resistant. Unfortunately, granite can get stained if spills are left for too long. Luckily, the granite will likely go unharmed if they get cleaned up within a few minutes.

#3 Concrete

Concrete is perfect for business owners and homeowners alike. Its unlimited options for size, color, and shape allow for unique and creative designs to suit the aesthetic of your kitchen, showroom, garage, or wherever else you need a countertop placed. Concrete countertops do need protective coatings applied on a regular basis, but once those are set, it is resistant to chipping and scratches.

#4 Steel

Stainless steel countertops are often found in industrial or business locations, such as restaurant kitchens and medical facilities, but they are also making their way into homes. Stainless steel is becoming more widespread because it doesn’t stain and transfers heat rather than being damaged by it. Stainless steel gets dented, is noisier than other countertop materials, and can get scratched up, but the more scratched it is, the better it looks!

#5: Slate

Slate is considered to be a durable countertop for those who are looking for budget-friendly prices. While its colors are limited, it is scratch, stain, and heat-resistant. We want to caution that slate is known for being brittle and sharp at corners and edges, so it is highly recommended to have the material rounded off before installation.

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Would you like to learn more about which countertop materials best fit your home or business’s aesthetic, function, and budget? We recommend booking an appointment with one of our advisors or visiting us at our store for more information. Here, you can browse our wide selection of materials to get a real-world look and feel for what it is like, rather than just estimating through pictures. Please visit our blog for more information on countertops, flooring, and fun design ideas!