Granite is a natural stone, composed of at least 20 percent quartz as well as mica and feldspar. Colors choices span the rainbow, from a monochromatic slab to bold patterns. Countertop finish options include:
Polished: The most common finish; it's mirror-like, stands up well to stains and is the least porous;
Honed: A matte finish that is typically not recommended, as it can stain and scratch more easily;
Brushed/satin: Similar to a honed finish, though less matte in appearance and better performing;
Leather: More polished than a honed or matte finish, but with a little texture;
Flamed/thermal: Created by running a flame over the slab surface; has a rough, textured appearance and a varying surface depth; and
Antique: Has a brushed, dull appearance that is slightly textured
Engineered quartz is easy to maintain, nontoxic and nonallergenic.
Engineered quartz is a man-made product formed from roughly 90 to 95 percent ground quartz and 5 to 10 percent resins and pigments. There are many design options available however few of them look s good as natural materials.
Thanks to the quartz content, it's tough like granite, and the resin makes the material malleable and impact resistant. Both materials offer stout durability. Engineered quartz is also nonporous, making it resistant to stains and scratches.
However quartz's downsides are that the resins used are petroleum based and are not heat tolerant like natural granite.
Whether marble countertops conjure images of luxe elegance or handsome timeworn French kitchens, this classic surface occupies a design territory all its own. With a soft feel, a warmth that's inimitable and unmistakable, a durability that keeps it in place for decades and a wide range of color choices, marble countertops might be the right choice for your kitchen.
This is a classic and timeless choice for a kitchen. It can perform for decades while maintaining its elegance. For those whose heart is set on a white, natural stone counter, few other options are available with the breadth of choices that marble offers. Experienced bakers know that marble's naturally cool temperature makes for great pastry making.
This surface will either keep you busy or cause you to embrace its timeless patina. It's softer and more porous than granite, meaning it scratches and stains easily.