Picking the wrong countertop can make or break your design. There are two important things to consider in making your choice: budget and need. Among the natural stone products available in the market, granite is most favored by a lot of people. Although quite expensive, granite is very durable and known for its resistance to heat, scratch and dent. Ordinary cleansers can damage granite surfaces so only special sealers, polish and cleaning products are recommended for cleaning granite countertops. Silestone is another durable product made from natural materials. Silestone countertops are made from natural quartz and are versatile enough to be used in both kitchen and bathrooms. Compared to granite, Silestone offers more color options and consistency to fit any particular taste or style. Another plus, Silestone is easier to maintain and doesn’t need to be polished and sealed. There are other product options made from natural quartz materials.
Cambria is another natural quartz product that is durable and maintenance-free. Cambria does not absorb food and liquid-based materials and each product purchase is backed by a 10 year warranty. CaesarStone also offers a 10 year warranty to consumers. Their countertops are made from 93% natural quartz and are resistant to heat, scratch stain, and chemicals. Like other natural stone products, CaesarStone products are durable and can be used in any indoor surfacing application, from kitchen countertops to bathroom floors and backsplashes. Aside from the natural stone product range, there are other options available in the market. DuPont™ Corian® countertops are also non-porous, stain-resistant, and, if properly cleaned, mold, mildew and bacteria resistant. Another option from DuPont™ is the Zodiaq®. Products made under the Zodiaq® line are heat and scratch resistant, and are also non-porous. For the environmentally conscious, the Zodiaq® and Corian® Terra Collections line feature products that are made from pre and post-consumer recycled content. With the variety of options available, it could be quite difficult to make a selection. So, before narrowing your choice on a particular product, do your research first.