Comparing Countertops

At Northern Granite Works, we want to help you choose the best countertops for your home’s needs. We understand that with so many options on the market today, navigating the selection process can pose a challenge. That’s why we’ve created this brief overview of some of the most popular countertop materials to help you get started.

  • Butcher Block- Butcher block refers to a style of wood countertop. In butcher block counters, thin strips of wood are bonded together to create a stronger surface that can hold up to heavy wear and tear. The strips can be positioned in a number of ways to create a striped or checkerboard appearance, patterns which also contribute to the countertop’s strength. Butcher block can be convenient because it allows you to chop and slice directly on the counter, but like all wood countertops, is subject to scratches and dents, and needs to be maintained with regular re-sealing or even refinishing.


  • Granite- Granite countertops offer a number of advantages, starting at their natural beauty. In addition to their elegant appearance, granite countertops are highly durable–so durable that trying to chop on it like you would a butcher block counter would damage your knives. Unlike butcher block, though, granite is also extremely heat resistant, so you can set hot pans down anywhere without damaging the counter. Granite also does not need to be re-sealed as frequently as butcher block.
  • Quartz- Quartz countertops are similar to granite ones–both are highly durable and heat-resistant, and they can even look so alike as to be indistinguishable. The difference between the two is that quartz counters are manufactured, which might disappoint some granite-purists, but also makes quartz more flexible. Quartz can be shaped into sinks or other curves, and contains resins that create a permanent seal that will never need to be reapplied.

If you want more information about these countertop options, give us a call at Northern Granite Works to consult with our team. We’ll help you choose the best countertops for your needs.