Stainless steel countertops, which are the most popular, are low maintenance, durable, easy to clean, and have a long lifespan. They have a consistent finish that is resistant to staining and does not corrode as easily as other metals. Stainless steel countertops, typically 16 gauge material in residential applications, are fabricated on site from templates and glued to the substrate. As with all metals, a thicker gauge will allow for a quieter and more durable surface.
Stainless steel countertops can have a glossy or dull appearance with random grain and brushed finishes. Brushed finishes are the most common because they show less wear and fewer fingerprints. Drawbacks of stainless steel countertops include fingerprints showing until the surface wears, as well as susceptibility to denting.