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Compared to stone and other solid surface countertops, laminate wins in the price war. This material can mimic the natural looks and textures of quartz, marble, and granite. Laminate is also available with bullnose and ogee edges for a more contemporary look. Keep in mind that you do have to be careful with sharp objects, abrasive cleaners, or extremely high heat around this material.
This products is a cast of polymer product that gives you the look of marble and granite at a fraction of the cost. It's durable and maintains it's quality for many years. Cultured Stone has over 50+ designs, multiple edge styles, and two finish choices, matte and gloss.
Best for seamless installations such as sinks and backsplashes, especially in bathrooms. Many colors and styles are available, including those that mimic concrete, stone, and quartz. It's stain-resistant, and small nicks and scratches can be repaired. With solid surface, you can have a fully integrated sink. This minimizes the amount of cleaning and build up of food particles around and near the sink.
Granite may have more competition than ever before, but its popularity is still unquestioned. The beautiful, strong surface of granite has a natural grain, which gives each installation a unique look. This material is heat and scratch resistance but also naturally porous, which means a yearly sealing is required. Stains should also be wiped up promptly.
Perfect for the customized home, engineered quartz comes in just about every shade imaginable. This engineered product combines ground quartz, resin and pigments for a tough, nonporous material. Quartz is heat and scratch resisitant. Great ecofriendly attributes makes it a safe bet for green homes, too.
Best for a classic stone look in low-traffic areas, like a baking zone or guest bath. It's available in a wide range of natural colors
however, it's more porous than granite, so it's not as stain-resistant. It also scratches easily, is less heat resistant than granite, and needs periodic sealing.
Best for a country kitchen and for cutting produce. It's easy to install and repair. But it might need periodic sealing or refinishing to remove cuts, dings, and scratches. Its finish affects performance. Varnish improves stain resistance and penetrating oils decrease it.