In any kitchen most of the attention will be focused on the cabinets at first. The next major concern is the countertop which is the next major work area of the kitchen. They began as workstations for cutting and preparing food and were usually the tops of benches washing areas, chopping blocks and even stoves. In other words anywhere the homeowner could find a flat surface could be called a countertop. Here are some pointers about the most popular countertop materials.