The durability of a particular countertop choice is worth considering. You’ll probably live with your new countertops for a while — or, if you sell your home soon, the new buyers will — and, either way, durability will be an asset. How durable are the various types of countertops?
Most countertops will sustain some damage over the long term, but some are more resilient than others. Generally speaking, quartz, granite, soapstone, limestone, laminate, solid surface and butcher block are resistant to heat damage, so you don’t have to stress about setting a pot on the counter here and there. Both quartz and granite may have to be professionally repaired when they chip, and, if you cut something on laminate, you can expect to damage the surface. Butcher-block counters are fairly resilient — when nicks and scratches do occur, they can be sanded.