The gray-toned veining in Carrara or Calacatta marble isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look. Marble cost is comparable to some granites; however, marble is porous, so staining can be a problem without proper care of the surface. Regular sealing and special care with mild acidic agents to prevent etching will keep your beautiful marble surface looking its best.
Granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen’s value. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone’s pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal. Matching up slabs, though, can sometimes be a challenge. The cost of granite and quartz are comparable, but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks. Wipe all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow a regular annual sealing routine.
A twist on popular polished granite, honed granite gives a soft, matte finish instead of the traditional glossy look.
Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, thanks to their non-porous surface, don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz has become as equally popular a choice as the traditional granite.
The eco-friendly choice, recycled countertops come in a variety of sustainable materials, including concrete, glass, paper, composite and plastic. Usually a mix of pre-`and post-consumer products, recycled countertops are available in a wide range of colors and textures.