Ceramic / Porcelain Tile
Tile countertops are typically made with ceramic tile ranging in size from one square inch to as large as six square inches. There are also other shapes, such as octagonal, rectangular, etc. Tile countertops are popular in country-style kitchens and are durable materials. However, all Ceramic tile applications have grout lines, which can cause problems. Grout soils very easily and will require frequent cleaning. I would suggest that epoxy grout be used when installing any tile countertop. Epoxy grouts are a bit more expensive, but the expense will pale in comparison to the aggravation of constantly cleaning up a standard grout.
Tile is also the primary choice for a kitchen backsplash. The variety of sizes and shapes often times adds the perfect touch to a newly remodeled kitchen.
Tile is very durable, it does not stain or scratch easily and is heat resistant.
It is more expensive than laminate, it chips easily and the grout can be very frustrating to keep clean.
Because of the variables with regard to the cost of tile one should expect to pay from $50 to $100.00 a linear foot including labor and substrate material.
Wood (Butcher Block)
Butcher Block is an ever-increasing choice of homeowners. Butcher Block is the perfect solution for an island and is often times incorporated as a part of the main countertop arrangement. One will discover that 30" to 36" in length of Butcher Block provides a convenient workspace when placed next to a cook top.
Wood countertops have often been used to give a natural warm appearance. Most wood countertops are made with hardwoods glued together into strips. Butcher block is constructed this way with rock maple or beech. If you do a lot of cutting, wood may be a perfect choice.
Because Butcher Block can be cut and shaped with everyday wood working tools it easily accommodates a variety of shapes and sizes. It can also be joined at right angles allowing for an integral countertop with a nearly invisible seam.
Butcher Block is durable if cared for properly, it cleans easily and scratches can be sanded.
Water is woods biggest enemy. Butcher Block can turn black if allowed to become wet for an extended period of time, it can warp regardless of how it is designed and built to remain flat. Butcher Block requires resealing after extended periods of use.
$50.00 to $75.00 per linear foot