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.
Similar to the quartz-based engineered stone countertops are the seamless, manufactured acrylic-based ones that are called "Solid Surface" counters. While they also offer a wide assortment of colors, patterns and finishes, they dont have the natural look of stone. They do resist stains, moisture, sunlight and heat, and inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. However, they are vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface. Solid Surface countertops are custom-made and their acrylic material can be formed to include an integrated sink with seamless installation. Brands of Solid Surface countertops include Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.
Epoxy countertops as better primed up for use and abuse: But first a quick rundown on what these countertops are. These countertops are made as the by-product of oil based refining. These countertops are in the past are the domain of laboratories thanks to their toughness- they can withstand use and abuse and can weather the high volume spills of liquids and chemicals. These countertops are also resistant to moisture, impact and heat. For this reason these countertops are the obvious choice for areas that are corrosive and areas known for high level of moisture. Here are the other things that make countertops a better choice compared to other countertops.
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