This is the countertop material of choice that contributes to the beauty of all kitchens, large and small.Pros: Holds up to heat, comes in many colors, and prices. Granite is very substantial.Cons: Unique or exotice patterns can be very pricey. Granite requires periodic sealing.
Quartz, engineered stone, is composed of quartz particles and resins. It is available 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. Brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq, Hanstone, and Silestone.Pros: Resistant to acid and
staining; easy careCons: Can be expensive
Countertops have trademarks such as Formica and Wilsonart. They are made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that is easy to clean. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends.Pros: Available in many colors; easy to maintain, durable, and inexpensive.Cons: Scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair.