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Counter talk

When considering materials in a remodel or refresh, one aspect of a kitchen that many people consider is countertop material. There are many opinions and feelings about every material, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation.


Quartz is arguably the most popular material in use for countertops today. Quartz countertops are not pure stone, but a mixture of aggregate, ground quartz and other stone, and binders or resins. Quartz is very hard to scratch or dent, but due to the binder properties, it isn’t heat-proof. Trivets, hot pads, or other protective measures should be used when using hot pans, or even slow cookers, as you can experience burn marks or cracks with excessive heat.


Granite is the stone that most people probably think of in terms of natural stone. Granite is hardy and essentially heat-proof. It’s also stain, scratch and chemical resistant, and therefore incredibly difficult to damage. It’s one of my top choices for those who like the ability to take a pan straight from the oven and set it directly on the countertop with no heat protection needed. There’s a wide array of granite colors and patterns, and no two slabs are exactly alike, giving homeowners an opportunity to truly personalize their home.

Soapstone/quartzite/other natural stones

Soapstone and quartzite are two additional natural stone countertop options. Both provide many of the same qualities that granite does but are less heat resistant. To protect them, users should absolutely implement the same heat protection as with quartz countertops. Soapstone typically requires maintenance such as using a mineral oil to keep shine and color intact, so if you are looking for maintenance-free, it’s probably best to go in a different direction. Quartzite is one of the more colorful natural stones, but some of the patterns can create fissures and veins within the slab that can make manufacturing/cutting the slab difficult.


Oh, marble. The stone that many love to hate. Marble is a natural stone, and many people steer clear of it due to its more porous, soft nature and the wear and tear it can show. However, marble can be a great choice for someone who is willing to take care of their countertops and doesn’t mind that your kitchen looks like you’ve used it. Someone told me her favorite part of her marble counters was seeing the wine stain from the spilled glass when her sister told her she was pregnant, or the stain from when her children made homemade pizza for her birthday. These memories provide a little bit of character to the space. Marble isn’t for everyone, but it certainly has its charms.


Rylee Henderer | DESIGNER

Rylee Henderer grew up around construction job sites, sweeping up endless sawdust in the shop. She formally joined her family’s business in 2017 and learned everything from demolition and framing, to tile and cabinetry installation. From there, Rylee grew into client management, and along the way found a love for design. She is now a full-time designer, creating beautiful, innovative spaces for Henderer Design + Build + Remodel. / 541-753-5660

2350 NW Professional Dr. Corvallis


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