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4 Materials Used in Commercial Kitchen Countertops

Nov 22, 2021 | Blog

Choosing kitchen countertops can be quite tricky. This is doubly true when it comes to commercial kitchens as they’ll be more used compared to residential kitchen countertops. When choosing countertops, the main thing that you’ll want to concern yourself with is the type of material that will be used.

Now, many of you may think that the material doesn’t really matter or that the choice is purely aesthetic. This just isn’t the case. The material you use for your countertops will have practical implications as each material has unique advantages and disadvantages. If you want to learn more about this, then we’ve got just the thing for you.

Four most commonly used materials in commercial kitchen countertops:


When it comes to countertops, quartz is among the ranks of granite. This artificial material is highly durable, low-maintenance, and extremely tough. When taken care of properly, it can last you and your staff for many years to come.

As well, quartz countertops can also mimic most designs that you have in mind. They can have natural textures and patterns that look similar or almost exactly like natural materials.

Though durable and scratch-resistant, quartz countertops do have their setbacks. Unfortunately, unlike granite, quartz is unable to withstand high temperatures, so it is recommended to not place boiling pots or pans on them.


Laminate counters are made with plastic-coated synthetics. This gives your countertop a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. Aside from being easy to clean, laminates come in a wide range of colors. This allows you to pick the one that best suits the look of your kitchen.

Unlike other types of countertop materials, the seams on the laminates are quite evident. To add to this, any scratches or chips are near impossible to repair. This can be quite problematic due to the sheer amount of wear that countertops go through on a daily basis.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops are perfect if you’re trying to achieve a contemporary or industrial look for your kitchen. To add to this, stainless steel countertops are incredibly durable and heat resistant. Stainless steel countertops are also built to your specifications, which means that the countertop will be fairly seamless.

Given that stainless steel countertops are built to the specifications of your kitchen, these tend to be significantly more expensive. Despite being durable, they’re also quite prone to dents. You also have to be mindful about not cutting anything on your countertop, as it can damage the stainless steel.


As one of the number one choices, granite can be found in many, if not most commercial kitchens. Not only will you receive a variety of exquisite characteristics and unique designs, but every piece of granite is also one of a kind.

Granite is also very durable, making it a great material for both commercial and residential countertops. With its hard natural surface that can withstand heat, this option will guarantee that your counters will not scratch or chip easily. And as long as you seal it yearly, it is bound to last a very long time.

Determining the Best Materials for Commercial Kitchen Countertops 

Hopefully, this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you choose the right material to use for your business’ kitchen countertops. The main takeaway we want you to have from this article is that there is no one “best” option. When it comes to the material of commercial kitchen countertops, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Be sure to thoroughly gauge the pros and cons of each material so you can pick the right one for your business.

If you are looking for the best kitchen countertop installation provider for your business, Hawk Industries is a top choice! We are your professionals, with a long experience of providing excellent customer service in the commercial industry. Make an appointment today to see our showroom.

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