Quality Matters When It Comes to Kitchen Countertops

Quality Matters When It Comes to Kitchen Countertops

In most home renovations you indeed tend to have to pay more for better quality materials. Something inexpensive is likely to be lower in quality when it comes to countertop materials. However, sometimes you have to balance what you can afford with the best quality you can manage. There are different options though so here we look at both butcher block countertops and quartz countertops Bayville.

Quartz also known as Engineered Stone

This is a super popular option because it is so sturdy and resistant while also being one of the easiest options to clean and maintain. It is hygienic to have in the kitchen with food preparation and looks great. Quartz is about 90% natural Quartz and then other composites or resins are added to create the engineered part.

Pros and Cons

  • It is very attractive
  • It has a long lifespan
  • It is very durable
  • It is stain-resistant
  • It is resistant to bacteria, mildew and mold
  • It does not need sealing
  • It is low-maintenance

X     It can be damaged at high heats

X     It is not prone to scratching but it can be scratched

X     It can fade in direct sunlight 

Cleaning and care

Quartz countertops Brick Township and beyond are so easy to clean and look after. Soap and water to clean and it does not need waxing or sealing or such.


You can get all kinds of colors and even different textures for quartz countertops Bayville. It is so versatile you can use it in all kinds of designs but marble-looking Quartz is popular especially.

Butcher block

Butcher block is essentially a wooden countertop but can be composed of different woods including ash, maple, bamboo, teak and oak. Each wood has its own properties and unique look but unlike with quartz countertops Brick Township it does need to be oiled regularly and needs more attention too.

Pros and Cons

  • It is antimicrobial
  • It is easy to install
  • It adds an organic or natural feeling to the room
  • It is inviting and warm
  • Reclaimed wood is more environmentally friendly
  • Sanding can fix blemishes, stains and scratches

X     It needs to be oiled regularly

X     It is prone to scratching

X     It is not heat or stain resistant

Cleaning and care

As mentioned butcher blocks need to be oiled on a regular basis to stop it from staining when you spill. Wood is porous so those spills will soak in and stain. Make sure when you spill that you wipe it up quickly. Otherwise, the damage done is permanent.


People choose butcher block countertops because they love the look of wood and the rustic, farmhouse feel for their kitchen, but they work in a lot of other types of themes as well.


If you are willing to put in some extra work then Butcher block is a great choice but you need to make sure you choose one appropriate to use in a kitchen with food being prepared on top of it. Quartz is a lot easier and will last a long time too.