Stone and Granite
Although there are many stones that can be used for countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, we offer a very wide selection of the top four.
Granite counters are the #1 most popular since they are affordable, durable, heat resistant, stain resistant, and water resistant. Granite is 100% natural stone and comes in a great variety of color and design. Granite needs to be sealed once a year in order to maintain. With the proper care, granite can last a lifetime. Granite has great visual appearance and will increase the price of a home dramatically.
Quartz is gaining popularity in the recent years. Since it is an engineered stone, it can be manipulated to a huge assortment of designs and styles. It is water resistant, stain resistant, and heat resistant up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Quartz is very easy to maintain and does not need to be sealed.
Quartzite is very similar to quartz. It originates from the same quartz stone but it is not ground up and mixed with a resin like quartz is. Rather through heat and pressure metamorphism it recrystallizes the sand grains and binds them together. Quartzite is most similar to marble in its looks but needs less maintenance than marble. Quartzite needs to be sealed 2-3 times a year thus making it heat, and water resistant.
Marble is a timeless choice for a countertop. It has been a top choice for years. Although it is not as easy to upkeep as some of the other choices of stone, it has the most beautiful colors and veining out there. It is mostly heat resistant and water resistant as long as it is sealed several times a year. Even after sealing in a marble counter, it is not stain resistant especially to acidic items such as lemons, tomatoes, or cleaners.
See the comparison chart here to see the main differences between the stones.