Granite, marble and quartz are the premier materials used for kitchen countertops, granite being the most preferred. This stone is made up of minerals compacted together by extreme heat and pressure which makes it almost as tough as diamond. It comes in different colors and shades which adds to its natural beauty. Heat, weathering and deterioration do not usually affect granite. When properly sealed, it can tolerate stains, scratches and dents. However, granite is heavy and needs to be supported adequately. Cleaning it daily with a stone cleaner will be enough to maintain it. But it needs to be resealed at least once a year to protect its surface from liquid seepage and dirt. To maintain its shine you have to regularly wax and polish it.
Granite is a popular choice for countertops at the moment, although it is one of the more expensive materials that you will find. However, despite the fact that it is more expensive, it is a lot easier to maintain, and it is a lot more durable than other materials, so it makes a good choice for those busier kitchens. Tiles are another popular choice for kitchen countertops, and they are easy to install, although there is one major disadvantage to tiled countertops, and that is that they are fragile and difficult to maintain and clean. This is due to the fact that mildew and mold can start to grow in between the tiles, and this needs to be cleaned using a special cleaning solution.
On the expensive side, granite kitchen countertops have become very popular. They add class and elegance to any kitchen, there is an endless colour variety available, to match whatever colour kitchen cabinets you have. They hold up to heat, and so long as they are properly installed, they can last a lifetime. Another similar option, which is not as well known, is 'Engineered Stone'. This is made of 93% quartz particles. It is heat resistant, stain resistant, and acid resistant, and does not scratch easily - all bonuses when it comes to kitchen countertops. In addition it is available in a wide variety of colours so you can always match, or complement your kitchen cabinets. If you are asking 'which type of countertop is right for you', provided the price is not out of your budget, granite or engineered stone will meet your every need.
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