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Alternative Countertop Materials 

When you think of countertops does your mind immediately go to granite or quartz? We understand that these two solid, more traditional options for countertops are some of the most popular, but are they always the best option?


Now, more than ever, there are so many alternative countertop materials to be considered when choosing the perfect countertop pairing for your kitchen. 


Maybe you want to go against the grain and have your kitchen make a statement. Maybe you want to find something a little more timeless or are simply looking for something more affordable. Whatever your case may be, we’ve got you covered!


We know countertops and we know some of the best trends that won’t leave you regretting your decisions in just a few years.


Glass Countertops 

Haven’t heard of recycled glass kitchen countertops? Say hello to one of the newest trends in alternative countertops. More and more of those who want to show off their creative and bold side in their countertop choices are going with this unique option.


Recycled glass kitchen countertops host a colorful mosaic of shards throughout the countertop binding. This countertop is truly unique and an awesome option for those who want to make a statement.



Recycled glass countertops are not only an awesome option for those who want to make a statement, but also for those who desire to make more environmentally friendly decisions. Because the glass is recycled, these countertops are a great, sustainable option.


In addition to being environmentally friendly, these countertops are low maintenance, easy to clean, and very versatile. Glass countertops can be easily shaped and uniquely made to suit your style, while also maintaining affordability if not using high quality glass..


Where there are pros, there will always be cons. While glass countertops are sustainable and can be a creative expression, they are not the most durable. Because the material is glass, owners have to be careful to not cause cracks or damage the countertops with acidic foods and liquids. 

Butcher Block

Butcher block countertops are a timeless choice that are actually very much in trend right now! 


Originating in Effingham, Illinois, Conrad Boos developed his first butcher block for a local blacksmith in 1887. This countertop consisted of individual wooden strips fused together into a sleek slab. 


We love the look of warm, wooden countertops and love that these are making a comeback. If you are looking for something bold that you won’t feel the need to change in just a few years, this is a great choice!



Butcher block runs as one of the cheapest options out there for countertops at $20 to $60 per square foot in supplies, beating out most other popular countertops. Another great money saving aspect of this type of countertop is that it can easily be a DIY project. Butcher block is much easier to install than heavier options that could easily break if installed via DIY method.


If maintained correctly, butcher block can last up to 20 years!



Speaking of maintenance, this can be one of the most difficult parts of having butcher block countertops. To maintain and get the most life out of your butcher block, it’s suggested to seal countertops monthly. Because wood is porous, it is vital to care for them so that they don’t get water damage.


This upkeep can be overwhelming, which is a reason many decide to go with a lower maintenance countertop. Butcher block is also susceptible to dents and scratches because it is such a soft material. This is something to consider before investing in these countertops.


Overall, we think these countertops are a wonderful choice for those who love a more warm and traditional look, but consumers should understand the responsibility that comes with installing butcher block. 

Stainless Steel

Have you ever heard of stainless steel countertops? It may seem like a weird concept, but this type of countertop is rising in popularity and is sure to make a bold statement!


Historically, one would primarily find stainless steel countertops in restaurants and commercial kitchens. As stainless steel rose to popularity for kitchen appliances, some decided to add this sleek, industrial look to their counter space.



Stainless steel countertops have a long list of advantages that just might convince even a critic to invest in them. The reason restaurants use them in their kitchens is because they are practically indestructible. They cannot rust, burn, stain, and do not ding easily if a higher gauge stainless steel. They are also easy to install as a DIY, which is a plus!



Unfortunately, if you decide you would like this sleek and durable countertop, you will have to pay. Stainless steel countertops run between $50 and $150 a square foot—right in the same ballpark as marble. Because many choose this countertop for its durability, it’s smart to invest in a top quality stainless steel that will not dent as easily. 


This bold choice can seem like a more cold and uninviting choice, but if paired with more warm and traditional elements, it can be a beautiful feature in a warm and welcoming kitchen.


Final Thoughts

No matter what countertop you choose, our number one tip is to stay true to your style. If a bold countertop expresses your creativity and style well, go with it! If not, there are many other options that are just as beautiful and fun.


Want to install new countertops? Reach out to us at Capitol Granite today to book a consultation. We would love to help you choose the perfect alternative countertop for your space!



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