If you are looking for some countertop materials that will draw the eye and elevate your kitchen over the ordinary, keep reading.


Engineered quartz countertops are one of the best options if you want to customize your countertop's look to match your design scheme. Quartz can come in a variety of colors, can be polished or honed, patterned and flecked or even made to look like crocodile skin. They are tough and impact resistant. They are extremely stain resistant because they are non-porous. Quartz is also environmentally friendly and emits little in terms of volatile organic compounds which means that the indoor air quality will stay great. They are also non-toxic and non-allergenic. They do not need to be sealed or waxed and a simple mixture of soap and water can be used to clean them.

However, they can be expensive and are more susceptible to heat damage than some other countertop materials. With the use of trivets and coasters, this problem can be eliminated. Also, some honed finishes, especially dark ones, will collect fingerprint marks.


Copper is an unusual choice for a counter but has a unique beauty about it. It starts off with a reddish-brown color but ages in a very unique way. With reaction to different substances, the surface will be a wonderful combination of greens, browns and matte reds as a lovely patina forms on it. They are also very easy to clean with a mixture of salt and lemon juice followed by a water rinse. You can also wax and oil the surface to keep it shiny. The metal also has antimicrobial qualities and is resistant to germ buildup. This makes it a great choice for homes with small children. However, make sure the alloy you have chosen has antimicrobial qualities by checking with the EPA. Copper countertops can also be made from salvaged copper which makes it a sustainable material. 

However, some people may not like the unpredictability of the look of copper. It is also relatively expensive. Due to its softness, it can also collect scratches and dings quickly. You can remedy this by using copper with a distressed finish.


Granite is an old classic that is still a popular choice. It comes in all sorts of colors and varieties. Most suppliers charge by the slab, so make sure you select a slab that will result in no wastage. Some rarer colors will also increase the price of granite. Another thing to keep in mind when selecting granite is that some granite may not be genuine, so ask an experienced contractor to check out the slab you have selected before purchasing.

Each of these materials has their own unique beauty. Choose one carefully and make sure it matches the look you are going for in the kitchen. Contact Bernardo Group Ltd for more information.