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New kitchen countertops.

Choosing a countertop for your kitchen is a huge decision. You have to consider the cost of the various counter options, aesthetics, practical functions, lifespan, etc. Countertops also make up a significant part of a kitchen renovation budget.

Here are some popular kitchen countertop options, with their pros and cons:


Laminate countertops are ideal for homeowners on a budget. They’re the most cost-effective countertop option out there. Laminate countertops are made with a thin layer of plastic laminate that’s bonded to a core made of medium-density fiberboard.

They are lightweight and easy to install. There’s an amazing variety of colours and designs available with this countertop option. The main concern with this countertop option is that it’s considered “cheap” and might not be ideal when selling your home.

Ceramic tile

Ceramic tile countertops are created with individual clay-based ceramic tiles. These tiles are attached to a cement-board core. They provide that retro look that seems to be making a comeback once again. If you’re concerned about the grouting affecting the aesthetic of your kitchen, new ceramic and porcelain tiles are available. These tiles are larger, minimizing the seams in the kitchen.

Ceramic tiles are also a cost-effective option and are very easy to install. There’s a wide range of colours, textures, and patterns available with modern ceramic tiles too.

Ceramic tiles are brittle, however, and can therefore crack. They are thus ideal for smaller households where large quantities of food aren’t being prepared, to reduce the chances of damage.

Newly renovated kitchen.

Granite slab

Among natural stone countertops, granite is a popular choice. It’s heavy and durable and will last you many years. The best part is that every piece of granite is unique, giving your kitchen a bespoke feel.

Granite slab countertops are perfect for homeowners who want a no-seam countertop. Since it is a natural stone, it requires regular sealing to prevent stains.


Marble is always in demand for kitchen countertops. It’s considered to be the most attractive of all the natural stones, however, it is quite porous and relatively soft, contrary to popular opinion. It must be regularly sealed and protected since it develops scratches easily.

Tremblay Renovation is a leading Ottawa-based home renovation service with over 3 decades of experience in the industry. Our professionals provide clients in Ottawa with beautiful and functional spaces according to their requirements.

We use the finest quality materials to create kitchen cabinets and countertops for clients. We specialize in kitchen build Ottawa, bathroom, and basement renovation. Schedule a home design consultation with our professionals today.

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Bryan Tremblay is the proud owner of Tremblay Renovation Inc. since 1989. Bryan was born in northern Ontario in a small French community, and he is proud to offer his services in both French and English. Being from the North, Bryan loves to spend time in nature. After moving away from the North, he needed a place to do just that. So he built a cottage for his family and friends from scratch; That is where he spends most of his weekends.

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