Let SN Peck help you choose the best countertop for your busy Chicago lifestyle or kitchen remodel.

Countertops are not just an important aesthetic component of your kitchen, they are the staple upon which meals are prepared, food is served, and the place upon which families gather to eat, work, and share time together.

Today’s busy Chicago families are spending more time in the kitchen, and trends in kitchen cabinetry and countertops reflect the need for durability as well as style. Kitchen countertop manufacturers have continued to reflect the needs of consumers in addition to providing products that add to the overall value of a home. The result is that there are many options on the market today that can accommodate the demands of a busy kitchen, offering both quality and designs that are guaranteed to suit any personal taste and decor.

To select the right countertop for your kitchen that works best for your family, it is important to consider the application as well as the amount of traffic that your kitchen countertop will receive. With so many choices available in today’s market, it’s best to first define your use, and then determine a budget. Below are two of the top choices that have come up consistent in consumer ratings and surveys for durability:

1. Quartz Countertops are the top-scoring material in Consumer Reports’ most recent test of kitchen countertops, withstanding hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains. Resistant to heat, spills, and scratches, Quartz Countertops are also easy to maintain, requiring no special cleaning products – simply wash them off with soap and water and they will look as good as new.

A Quick Breakdown of the Benefits of Quartz Countertops:

  • Durable
  • Easy to maintain (never needs sealed)
  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Non-porous


2. Granite Countertops are steadily becoming the standard in newer homes. Most homes being built offer granite countertops as an upgrade or, in some cases, as a standard feature. Granite Countertops are very durable, and can withstand significantly more wear and tear than traditional laminate countertops. In addition, Granite Countertops’ stone surface can last a lifetime, whereas laminate countertops typically last 10 to 15 years. Consumer Reports kitchen countertop tests showed no harm to the material from heat, cuts, and scratches, with polished and matte finishes resisting most stains when sealed properly.

A Quick Breakdown of the Benefits of Granite Countertops:

  • Made from stone, with each slab being a unique piece
  • Increase the value of the home
  • Can withstand heavy use
  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Wide range of price points

If you are interested in updating your kitchen or bathroom with durable countertop surfaces that can keep the pace with your busy family, contact the experts at S.N. Peck Builders – our team of professionals can craft and design the kitchen or bathroom that suits your unique needs, refreshing your living space!