What Type of Kitchen Countertops Should You Choose?

Countertops are one of the most important elements in a kitchen. Counters need to be functional, but they should also be attractive since they will immediately catch people’s attention when they enter the room. Here are some things to consider to help you make a decision.


Granite countertops are available in an array of colors and each piece is unique. You can choose a polished finish, which will make the stone look shiny and may also make it appear darker. Another option is honing, which produces a soft and matte appearance. The price tag for granite countertops may depend on the type of stone you choose, its origin and its thickness.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone countertops are made mostly of quartz and are available in more colors than granite. They are durable, have a nonporous surface that can resist stains or scratches and require minimal maintenance. Engineered stone and granite countertops cost about the same.


Soapstone has a pewter color that can gradually darken. Soapstone is a good choice for a historic home. If you choose soapstone countertops, you will need to be more careful than you would with granite. You will need to regularly maintain soapstone countertops with mineral oil.


Concrete can be poured in your house or at another location to create custom countertops. If you choose concrete counters, they can be customized with pigments to create the color of your choice. Concrete is durable and can be treated to make the surface less porous and to prevent it from cracking.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops have a seamless appearance similar to that of engineered stone, but they are less stain resistant, can be damaged if you set a hot pan on them and can be easily scratched. If they get scratched, they can be fixed with buffing.


Wood countertops are easy to clean. If they get scratched, they can be repaired by sanding. Wood countertops must be oiled often to prevent water damage.


If affordability is your top concern, laminate may be your best choice. Laminate countertops are coated with plastic and come in a variety of colors, with some resembling granite. Laminate countertops can be burned by hot pans and can be scratched easily.


Ceramic tile can be used to cover existing countertops. Ceramic tile is available in many colors and textures, but the tiles need to be grouted and can crack.

Which Countertop Material Is Right for Your Home?

When choosing new countertops, think about your family’s lifestyle, your budget and how various materials may affect your home’s resale value. Discuss your options with your contractor and ask for advice, if necessary.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate