Your kitchen renovation: make a lasting impression with your countertops

Your kitchen renovation is both an exciting and a formidable undertaking. You need to think about several design elements during the planning and purchasing phase.

In this series of posts, we will cover 5 critical elements – including kitchen countertops, cabinets, flooring, lighting and backsplashes. In this first post, we’ll talk about your kitchen countertop options.

Countertops make the biggest splash in your kitchen design


Do your homework before you choose a kitchen countertop. You want to achieve a “look” and a “feel” but do not forget about functionality. Here are some of our clients favourite countertops – those that create the “wow-effect” and are high-performing:

  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Slate
  • Soapstone

Each option offers different benefits – making it difficult to choose one over the other. But here are some considerations for each.


  • Marble has a classic, timeless appearance that can give a kitchen an air of elegance
  • Marble ages gracefully – although it requires some care and maintenance, investing this time ensures its lasting quality
  • Marble can be mixed and matched for a variety of looks

Granite countertops

  • Granite provides a unique look for each countertop. The minerals in granite add depth, richness and character
  • Granite is stain-resistant and will not fade
  • Granite is damage resistant – it will actually dull your knives


  • Quartz has a clean, modern look with nearly as much variety in look and colour as granite.
  • Like granite, it is stain-proof.
  • Quartz is more user-friendly, requiring less upkeep than granite or marble

Slate Countertops

  • Slate has a matte finish and lends itself to a relaxed contemporary look unlike marble or granite (highly polished)
  • You are more limited in your colour selection with slate
  • Slate is heat-resistant, in fact, it absorbs heat
  • Although heat-resistant, it is not scratch resistant so you will have to treat it with more care than other surfaces


  • No two slabs or blocks of this stone are exactly the same – making this element of your kitchen design completely unique
  • Like slate, soapstone has a smooth, matte finish
  • Soapstone is one of the hardest surfaces for countertops and will last for a long time
  • A natural stone, you must coat it with mineral oil to protect it from hot oil and grease

Choosing your kitchen countertop can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. As a kitchen renovation specialist, M-Squared Contracting provides expert guidance to our clients based on our vast experience and expertise with a variety of kitchen countertops and kitchen designs.

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? We invite you to contact us to discuss your project.

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