Long lasting, stain-resistant and beautiful, granite is gaining in popularity for a broad
spectrum of home styles. It is the most durable and easiest to care for of any of the natural
stone materials. While relatively expensive, it provides an elegant look that is incomparable.
Granite Maintenance: Granite countertops need to be sealed every six months to a year. Clean
countertops with warm water and a liquid detergent. Avoid abrasive cleaners; they’ll
scratch and dull the finish. Small chips and scratches can be polished down.
is one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. It is nonporous and will not absorb
food and liquids, best of all it is maintenance-free.
Quartz countertops are durable and very resistant to surface damage. However, all stone can
be damaged by force and no stone is chip-proof. They can be damaged by sudden and/or rapid
change of temperature. Quartz material may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from
pots and pans and other cooking units. A hot pad or trivet is always recommended.
Although some quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone,
the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes
approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is
a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array
of colors. And for many of the homeowners choosing quartz, those virtually unlimited color
options are what sold them.
Quartz countertops allow for a variety of edging options, just like natural stone. Unlike
stone, however, engineered quartz also offers other design possibilities. Because it’s
more flexible to work with and is held in place using glue and epoxy instead of screws, quartz
can be used on larger vertical surfaces like backsplashes and even shower enclosures, without
the fissures and seams often all too visible with natural stone.
With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers
a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops
Solid Surface materials are composed of acrylic polymer and alumina rehydrate. Solid surfaces
are primarily used as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and wall cladding in showers.
The surface can hold up to stains and other problems without having its finish destroyed,
it is easily repairable and very versatile.
Due to its non-porous quality solid surfaces are approved for use in specialized environments,
such as laboratories and hospitals. The versatility allows it to be joined, shaped, and finished
into a wide variety of products. Nicks and scratches can be buffed out with a Scotch-Brite
pad or orbital sander. In the fabrication process, joints can be made invisible by joining
the relevant pieces with a color-matched two-part acrylic epoxy. After the adhesive dries,
the area is sanded and polished to create a seamless joint.
Laminate is a great choice and offers the widest array of designs, colors and finishes of
any other surfacing material. Laminate is affordable, it is easy to live with, and it looks
terrific. It can also be fun. And no matter what your budget or style, you will find a product
to fit your needs. New technology and design advances can help you create a countertop that
is all your own. Laminate countertops are famous for their easy care. Laminate also offers
different decorative edging like other countertop options.
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