What is the Best Countertop?
One of the most popular questions we get is «What is the best countertop”? In our opinion, there isn’t a definite answer to this, it varies with each and every individual. Every individual has a different vision for his ideal kitchen. Every person has his own sets of demand for his remodeling.
When trying to figure out what material works best for you, take into consideration the PROS and CONS of each and see how it fits with your dream renovation. Here we will look at four stone kitchen countertops granite, quartz, quartzite and marble. These stones will be evaluated on the same criteria (durability, aspect, maintenance and heat resistance) and it will be left to the users to determine which one in their opinion is best for their individual situation.
Granite is a durable material resistant to heat and other kitchen elements. Its crystalline structure lends itself will to lighting effects and granite ranges in colors. Each granite has its own unique special color and no two granites are alike. Black and gray granite give off a good dramatic effect in modern kitchens. Porous in nature, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting. Granite has a greater heat resistance than quartz.
Quartz countertop that is durable and can withstand even the most extreme conditions, then Quartz is your best choice. Quartz is an engineered stone. It has a unique inner structure. It is a high percentage combination of crushed quartz (about 94 percent) with a binding polymer resin to create a hybrid material. Quartz has become one of the most demanded material in the market, because of its unique attributes. Durability is everything. Non-Porous: The fact that Quartz is a non-porous material, makes your countertop antimicrobial, a desirable characteristic where hygiene is of concern. Quartz is maintenance friendly, because Quartz in non-porous you won’t need to worry about stains or any bacteria related to it. The resin used in making quartz melts at temperatures above 330 degrees Fahrenheit.
Quartzite Durability though scratch resistant it is advised not to cut directly on the slab. Usually white to grey in color, sometimes increased levels of iron oxide can give quartzite different colors. Putting a hot pot on it will not damage this natural and beautiful material since it is a natural stone. Quartzite being a porous material, as marble it requires little maintenance.
Marble is porous. Allows oils and stains into the material. Allows scratches and chips. Marble was a popular rock for sculptors of antiquity and Renaissance is classical times due to its white coloring. It comes in a variety of types and several shades of color, and can be highly polished. Light actually penetrates the crystal structure before being reflected. This gives marble a unique visual appeal. A huge variety of colors allow the stone designer virtually unlimited combinations of the customer to realize inspirations in the marble. Because marble is a natural stone it is heat resistance.
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