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What is the Best Material for Countertops?

Your Ultimate Guide to deciding on the perfect countertop for your home. Here are the keys facts to know before your next kitchen remodel.


A modern kitchen with black quartz countertops with white veins and white flat panel cabinets

Appearance is the top reason people choose a particular type of countertop, but what about the type of material? How will it cope with heat? How easy is it to clean? Does it need to be sealed? How long will it last?


Selecting the right countertop material for your kitchen is a crucial decision. In this article we will discuss 6 of the most popular options, their technical aspects, and which is right for you.


 

Quartz


Quartz is undeniably one of the best countertop materials in terms of durability and appearance. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, it is one of the most versatile stone surfaces.


The material is made using natural stone powders, synthetic resins, and pigment. Combined at high temperatures and under extreme pressures, the result is a material that looks and feels like natural stone. It is durable, easy to maintain, and available in an endless choice of patterns and colors. Quartz is also a non-porous material and is resistant to stains and spills making it a perfect choice for busy kitchens where messes are inevitable.


Quartz is also highly scratch-resistant resulting in a long lasting appearance. However, Quartz is not indestructible; hot pans should not be placed directly atop the material because the heat may damage it. It is advised to use trivets or hot pads to protect the material.


Best for: Owners who prioritize aesthetics, durability, as well as low maintenance


white quartz kitchen island using Calacatta Laza MSI


Granite

Similar to quartz, granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Because it is a natural material, unlike quartz which is engineered, every piece is unique and different. It is also among the most durable countertops; putting a hot pan on it is perfectly safe and will not damage the material. It is also resistant to scratches and cuts.


Granite needs to be sealed annually to prevent staining, because it is a porous material, unlike quartz which is resistant to staining. This is a straight-forward process that will ensure that your material remains in top condition for years. Granite is often more affordable than quartz, although their are special cases where it is the other way around.


Best for: Individuals seeking timeless elegance, durability, and functionality


Beige granite island with black stools and sink in the island with a black faucet


Marble

There isn't a material more luxurious than a high quality marble countertop. It is an elegant material in a wide range of colors. Each piece has unique veining as it is a natural stone.


Marble is unaffected by heat, therefore can withstand hot pans and trays. Because it is a natural stone, it is a porous material that benefits from sealing on an annual basis. Even though a marble countertop has been sealed, it is a bad idea to let spills sit on its surface for a long time as it will etch into the stone. Marble is not resistant to scratches, but can be buffed out well.


Best for: High end, luxurious kitchens with a chef that will take the time to care for it


Natural Marble countertop with white and black veins on brown cabinets


Quartzite

Quartzite has a stunning visual allure as well as functionality, and durability. It is the perfect stone for the contemporary homeowner. Mined from the Earth's crust, quartzite countertops are a testament to the beauty nature provides.


The material is resistant to scratches, heat, and stains making it a perfect choice for homeowners that have young children and want a low maintenance material that can stand the test of time.


Best for: Home owners who appreciate the wonders of the natural world and want a material that withstands anything.


waterfall island out of Quartzite using MSI material


Porcelain

Imagine a material that combines the look of natural stone with durability and versatility of an engineered one. Porcelain, a ceramic material has an extensive range of patterns, colors, and finishes.

This material's non-porous surface not only repels stains and spills, but also resists scratches and heat. Porcelain is known to be low maintenance because of its technical aspects. Porcelain provides a cost-effective alternative for those seeking the look of premium materials without the associated price tag.


Best for: Avid cooks and design enthusiasts that want a low maintenance material



Sintered Stone

Sintered stone, also known as porcelain sintered stone, has gained popularity for its exceptional durability and strength. This material also comes in a wide range of design options as it can mimic the appearance of natural stone, ceramic, concrete, metal, and other materials.


Similar to porcelain, sintered stone is non-porous meaning it does not absorb liquids, making it easy to clean and maintain. It is resistant to scratches, impact, and extreme temperatures.


Although it is a durable material, it poses challenges in the installation process and requires specialized tools to cut and shape the material accurately.


Best for: Those that appreciate durability, aesthetics, and a resilient material



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