natural stone look countertop

Getting new countertops installed is a key part of any kitchen remodel. Of course, there are so many different kinds of materials available, it can be hard to decide which one to use in your home.

Here's a quick look at some of the most common countertop materials and their benefits to make things a little easier during the materials' selection phase of your renovation.


If you want a sturdy and durable countertop in your kitchen there's no better choice than Granite! This material is also a popular choice for outdoor kitchen counters.

  • Pros: Granite is a natural stone that's known for its toughness and resistance to heat. It's also available in many amazing stone patterns and shades.
  • Cons: As a porous stone, granite requires sealing every three years to keep it from staining or developing ground-in dirt and grime.


The ever popular choice for an affordable kitchen remodel are laminate countertops. This material can give you a beautiful surface that's easy to clean.

  • Pros: Laminate is nonporous so it doesn't stain easily. It's also available in just about any style, color, or pattern.
  • Cons: These countertops won't stand up to heat very well. Laminate can also be scratched or dented by heavy items.


If you really want a high-end countertop use a material that has been loved and admired for thousands of years, like marble stone!

  • Pros: You'll love the many stone patterns available with marble countertops. It's also very resistant to chipping, cracking, heat, and staining.
  • Cons: Marble needs to be sealed on a regular basis. It can also be scratched by heavy items and utensils. Plus, marble is one of the priciest materials on the market.


If you want a natural countertop that is also reasonably priced, a wood countertop may be a great choice.

  • Pros: Wood is very durable and can stand up to a lifetime of usage. There are also many attractive wood options available to choose from for your kitchen remodel.
  • Cons: Since wood is porous, it can stain. You'll need to oil the counters regularly, and seal them every couple of years. Wood can also be burned and develop char marks.


Looking for something unique to use in your Texas kitchen remodel? Soapstone has a soft-to-the-touch feel and develops an attractive patina over time!

  • Pros: Besides its natural patina, soapstone is also found in lots of interesting patterns. It's also nonporous and resistant to heat and staining.
  • Cons: Soapstone needs a monthly application of mineral oil for the first year after installation. It's also not as durable as other materials and can scratch or be abraded.

Stainless Steel

Homeowners who want a modern or industrial look to their kitchens can easily create it with a stainless steel countertop.

  • Pros: Stainless steel won't be damaged by heat. It's also super easy to clean up and won't develop stains or ground-in dirt.
  • Cons: You'll need to be careful with utensils and heavy items as it is prone to scratches that mar the finish.


This engineered stone product is a great option for homeowners who are looking for a touch of luxury on a budget.

  • Pros: Quartz is available in many stone and marble inspired patterns. It's also resistant to stains and doesn't need sealing.
  • Cons: On the downside, it can be scratched by utensils and heavy items. Quartz is also less resistant to heat than other surfaces.

Find Out More About Our Texas Kitchen Remodeling Services

The Window Authority of Houston installs new kitchen countertops as part of our kitchen remodeling services in Texas. If you are planning to update your kitchen, give us a call. We'll set up a free consultation with a local home remodeler.

Our team can also take care of:

  • New Windows
  • New Doors
  • Glass Wall Systems
  • Outdoor Remodeling
  • Home Remodeling

To get started with installing kitchen countertops, give us a call or fill out our online form. We'll have a representative get back to you as soon as possible.