Whether you enjoy the thrill of entertaining or simply want to add class and sophistication to your home, new countertops may be the solution. Though tempting to choose a countertop based on appearances alone, it’s also imperative to consider several other qualities, including cost, maintenance and durability. The home design experts at Premier Surfaces can explain the benefits of the most popular kitchen countertop materials and help you choose the best one for your household. Here’s an overview.

Natural Stone

GraniteChoosing the right countertops for your kitchen

Once considered exclusive to high-end homes, granite is now the most common choice for natural stone countertop materials. It comes in a wide array of colors ranging from deep red to mottled white. Since it is a natural material, there are variations in the stone’s pattern. Cut into long, thick slabs, granite requires few seams, if any. It requires more care than other materials, so it’s important to use a stone cleaner rather than abrasive sponge to wipe up spills. Liquids, such as acid, wine, soda and oil, need to be taken care of immediately, and it’s helpful to maintain a regular sealing routine annually.


Available in far fewer colors than granite, slate is nonporous and requires minimal maintenance. It has a soft, matte sheen, and scratches can be repaired with steel wool. To create a wet look, rub slate with lemon oil.


For a cottage ambiance, butcher-block-style wood is a solid option. So long as its properly sealed, it is sanitary and budget-friendly. More, it is heat-resistant unlike other inexpensive options, so there’s no need to worry about placing your hot dishes on the counters. Wood maintenance can be a challenge. Although polyurethane seals offer long-standing protection, many homeowners prefer to use a less glossy mineral oil finish to keep the material’s natural beauty and warmth. This requires reapplication every month to six weeks. You can also use a marine oil finish.

There are countless other options for furnishing your kitchen countertops. Visit Premier Surfaces for your next remodeling project. We service the Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham areas.

  • Our kitchen looks awesome!

    “I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience Mike and I had with putting in our granite counters last week. We had never done a make-over before, so when my husband suggested putting in granite counters I groaned.  Little did I know at the time how smooth and painless everyone at Premier Surfaces would make it. Every encounter was extremely professional. Our kitchen looks awesome and I really appreciate having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. If we ever decide to do anything like that in the future we will use definitely use Premier Surfaces.”

    Mike and Janet

  • Done right the FIRST time!

    “I walked in on a Friday, and was surprised to see just how busy they were — always a good sign of how a business is doing. In the process of waiting my turn, a number of people asked if I had been assisted yet. Customer service isn’t something you get in most places these days. I walked around their facility and really got a different feel compared to how I felt at other granite shops. The selection was great, everyone was friendly, and they took the time to teach me about the differences in quality for all of the chioces of a fabricator out there. The professionalism, friendly and incredibly knowledgable staff set them apart from the other “competitors”. My kitchen looks beautiful and the investment in my home was well worth it to have it completed correctly THE FIRST TIME. I will be upgrading a few bathrooms in the future and can’t think of any other granite fabricator I’d rather use.”