2. Quartz- and Acrylic-Based: Engineered Stone and "Solid Surface" Countertops made of engineered stone are composed of 93% quartz particles. Engineered stone offers a wider range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. Engineered stone is not as popular as granite and is often confused for granite but the regular consistency of the patterning gives it away as being man-made. In fact, engineered stone has all the benefits of granite but is easier to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. It is more expensive than granite or stone. Engineered stone brands include Silestone, DuPont Zodiaq, LG Viatera and Cambria Quartz.
The term "Solid Surface" for this acrylic-based material category is confusing, These countertops are so-named because they are just what theyre called, "solid." However, they are solid and custom-made, manufactured, seamless countertops as are the quartz-based engineered stone countertops. In addition, the term is doubly confusing since stone countertops (granite, marble, limestone) and wood (butcherblock) are also seamless, "solid" countertops, as opposed to veneer-like countertops as laminate or tile. 3. Tile: Ceramic, Aluminum and Copper While ceramic tile seems old-fashioned as a countertop material, it has many pluses. It is durable, inexpensive and easy to clean. Ceramic tile counters are usually installed one section at a time and most people can easily work with the materials. Ceramic finishes are excellent because they take hot pans, are easy to clean and are available in a number of different textures.
Installation of granite countertops should be made properly and correctly. Installation is the important factor to be considered by the home owner or builder. Nowadays, trends have been changed and most of the people prefer to install granite countertops and marble countertops for their houses and buildings. Granite countertops can be used as either countertops or tiles or slabs. Granite countertops are used for sinks, kitchen and bathtubs. Granite Countertops varies as per color, design and specification. Granite is one of the natural stones which come up with tremendous differences with other natural stones. All natural stone countertops are not same and they differ in their durability and resistance power.
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