Quartz: Quartz countertops are a combination of approximately 94% ground quartz mixed with polyester resins. They come in a wide array of colors from solid brights to earthy browns. Some colors are even made with a veining design that mimics granite. However, unlike granite, quartz countertops are nonporous and do not require sealant. Quartz is an extremely durable option for a high traffic kitchen.
Quartz Vendors: LG Viatera, Silestone, HanStone
Granite: Granite is a durable natural stone well-suited for any countertop. With an endless selection of patterns and colors, you are sure to find a unique piece to fit your individual needs. Granite is highly resistant to scratches and heat, and stains can be removed from the stone. Sealing granite will help minimize the possibility of acquiring any stains. Studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found no evidence of granite harboring any bacteria or radon.
Solid Surface: Solid surface materials offer an incredible range of colors that are easy to clean and maintain even in high traffic areas. In addition, these non-porous surfaces do not promote mold and mildew growth, making them ideal for the modern kitchen or bath. These futuristic materials can be thermoformed into virtually any shape with inconspicuous seams.
Solid Surface Vendors: LG Himacs
Laminate: Laminate is an economical countertop choice with endless color and pattern selections. From solid colors to high definition designs, laminate countertops are a good option for most all budgets and styles.
Solid Surface Vendors: Wilson Art