One of the most fun parts of building a new home, or of remodeling, is the selection process. There are more options in materials and colors today than there has ever been. This is especially true when choosing kitchen countertops. Once, it seemed that nearly every counter was made from wood covered with veneer. Then there was the option of veneer or granite. Now there are so many options, not only in the kind of material you choose, but with more color varieties than are almost possible to imagine.
Granite: Granite countertops offer increased value for a home, and they are unquestionable beautiful. Granite countertops not only look great, but they are durable and burn resistant, scratch resistant, and stain resistant. Granite is a porous surface which makes it absorbent to oils and water so there is some maintenance as it must be sealed every year.
Stone Italiana: Stone Italiana is a manufactured stone made from quartz and is a product that can look like marble, concrete, matte, and other textures, included hammered and gloss.
Quartz: Quartz countertops are usually a manufactured product made from over 90% quartz and most of the rest from resins and pigments. Quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant and require little if any maintenance. Quartz countertops have a more uniform color and pattern than most other stone countertops. Quartz countertops can also come in different sizes so it is possible there will be fewer seams than a natural stone such as granite.