Granite is a product of nature. One third of every new home built in the U.S. has a granite countertop. Over the last 10 years, granite countertop especially the solid style seems more and more popular. Granite is available in hundreds of colors, from various shades of white to Granite_Tilebrowns, reds, greens, blues, and black. The most popular tones are brown and beige. As well as being hard, kitchen granite countertops can take hot items, like pots and pans, and is very stain resistant to hot grease and oil if it is sealed with a silicone-
Marble is a metamorphic limestone. There are numerous different types of marble ranging from the pure white Carrara which was used in ancient marble sculptures to Tennessee marble which has a pink hue to it. It is waterproof, heatproof, and beautiful, but the down side of marble is that it is relatively expensive, and scratches and stains easily unless professionally sealed.
Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz particles. It is silestoneavailable in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. It's easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. Some brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq®, LG Viatera®, Cambria Quartz, Caesartone, and Silestone®.
Laminate counters bear trademarks such as Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart. They're made of plastic-
Just as what they are called, solid surface counters are solid, and any scratches can be sanded out. Solid surface countertops are durable, easy to clean, come in a rainbow of colors and patterns, and are water resistant.NEW-
Ceramic tile is durable, heat resistant, and easy to clean. Add to that inexpensive and you've got a really good choice for countertops for the average home. Because it's installed a section at a time, it can be done by most resourceful homeowners. The disadvantage is that the surface is uneven, tiles may easily chip or crack, and grout lines may become stained.