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countertops

Stone

Countertops are a fundamental feature of any workspace in your home. Not only are they functional, but they are also integral to the overall look of your space.

Quartz

This manufactured stone has gained a devoted fan base due to its appealing appearance and resilience. Crafted by combining 90% finely ground mineral quartz with 10% resin and pigments, it lacks certain vulnerabilities inherent in natural stone, such as porosity.

Pros

  • Durability - They won’t scratch, crack, or get chipped easily due to their ultra-durable nature.

  • Warranty - Since quartz is durable, many manufacturers will confidently offer warranties for their quartz countertops. 

  • Non-porous & low maintenance

 

Cons

  • Heat damage - Quartz is heat resistant, but the resin coating is not. So you will need to use caution with heat.

  • Installation - You will need to hire a professional who is familiar with the nature of quartz 

Quartzite

Quartz countertops are a form of engineered stone, whereas quartzite is a natural stone. Quartzite, a durable metamorphic rock, originates from quartz sandstone subjected to intense heat and pressure. Natural quartzite countertops emulate the appearance of exotic stones but surpass granite in hardness and performance. With a Mohs scale ranking of 7, quartzite exhibits exceptional resistance to stains, scratches, etching, cracking, and various other forms of damage.

Pros

  • Aesthetic Appeal: distinct veining and vibrant colors often mimic the look of exotic stones

  • Durability: Very strong & durable, making it resistant to scratches and abrasions

  • Heat resistant allowing you to place hot pots and pans directly on the surface

Cons

  • Limited Color Options: While quartzite offers a range of colors and patterns, the selection may not be as extensive as the color choices available with engineered stones like quartz.

  • Porosity: Although less porous than some natural stones, quartzite is not completely non-porous, and some varieties may still require sealing to prevent stains.

  • Weight: Quartzite is heavy, and proper structural support is necessary to accommodate its weight. This might require additional considerations during installation.

Porcelain

Porcelain slabs are lightweight, durable, and are typically suitable for floors, accent walls, backsplashes, and countertops. Porcelain is made from heating a mix of powdered china stone and white china clay, also known as kaolin, at about 1450°C. When porcelain slabs are manufactured for use in countertops, they’re coated with a pigmented glaze. This is to give them an aesthetic appeal similar to that of natural stone or even marble.

Pros

  • High heat endurance

  • Durability & Hardness- porcelain is stronger than the hardest granite 

  • Many options for colors & patterns

  • Easy maintenance- porcelain is non-porous and stain resistant. 

Cons

  • Can crack under extreme blunt force

  • It may be difficult to find fabricators and installers to install this high-density material

  • The cost to fabricate and install Porcelain is much higher than other stones

Marble

Exploring the world of marble countertops reveals a diverse range of types, prices, qualities, and colors. Conducting thorough research is essential to identify the ideal marble that meets your specific requirements. The endless variations in marble arise from factors such as its source, impurities, patterns, colors, and veining. From white and black to pink and green, the color spectrum is extensive. While Carrara marble is a popular and cost-effective choice, kitchens also feature other options like Statuary, Calacatta, and Crema Marfil.