Your kitchen countertops might be the most useful surface in your home-- so choosing the right countertop to best fit your needs and budget can be difficult. Luckily, we've compiled a guide to choosing the perfect countertop for your kitchen renovation.Granite: Granite is the most popular choice for kitchen countertops, but they can also be pretty expensive. If you can afford this traditional choice, granite is durable, timeless, and generally low maintenance. Depending on your specfic finishes, backsplash, edging, and any other additional "extras," adding granite to your kitchen can run anywhere from $38 to $300 per square foot.
Tile: Laminate, ceramic, and granite tiles are typically the most affordable option for kitchen countertops. On average, ceramic and granite tiles cost between $15 and $30 per square foot. Keep in mind, however, the maintenance involved in keeping up with grout. For a detailed guide to cleaning grout, click here.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel countertops are becoming more common in private kitchens. Stainless steel is a natural antibacterial which is why it is most commonly found in restaurant kitchens. This sanitary and modern option usually runs between $75 and $140 per square foot and is relatively low maintenance.
Quartz: Quartz countertops require the least maintenance out of all your options. It's usually slightly cheaper than granite and gives a similar aesthetic appeal as shown in the sleek white countertops below. Quartz will most likely cost you between $100 and $185 per square foot.
Butcher block: Wood countertops, like the one shown below, are perfect for all those in-home chefs. Butcher block countertops are virtually a cutting board spanning your entire kitchen! Scratches can be buffed out of these countertops fairly easily and is moderate in price. This massive cutting board, on average, will cost you somewhere between $35-$200 per square foot.
Concrete: Concrete countertops bring a very specfic design theme to your kitchen. If the ultra modern look is what you're going for, concrete is the way to go! Concrete countertops can be stained any color, which makes incorporating them into most designs pretty seamless. Costing between $70 and $140 per square feet, keep in mind that concrete countertops need to be waxed every couple months.