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The basic choices are:
Pros: Comes in a variety of colors and patterns, smooth surface, won't chip or dent, heat-resistant.
Pros: More durable than marble, won't scratch, resistant to stains, heat and water if sealed, low-maintenance, high resale value, lots of color options.
Engineered Stones/Quartz (CaesarStone, Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq,)
Pros: Nonporous, resists scratches and stains, easy to maintain, no sealant required. Looks like natural stone (it's at least 90% quartz mized with acrylic resin) but can be mixed with pigments for custom color.
Solid Surface (Corian, etc.)
Pros: Durable, smooth surface, can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash, easy to sand away stains or scratches, lots of color and pattern options, can imitate other materials like concrete and marble.
Pros: Stain-resistant, waterproof, lots of color options, low-maintenance, inexpensive.
Pros: Durable, stainproof, spillproof, temperature-proof, easy to clean and maintain, help reflect light. Cons: Can nick and scratch, can show fingerprints, noisy. $100-300/foot.
Pros: Heat- and scratch-resistant, smooth, very strong, lots of texture and color options, pretty durable, can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash.
Others: Ceramic Tile, Wood/Butcher Block, Lava Stone, Soapstone, Glass, Paper-based Composite, Bamboo & Paper Composite,
At Bathroom countertop & Reliability they rate laminates #1 (77 pts). Quartz is 74 and Granite is 72. I couldn't see any reason for the difference. Cosentino's Dekton was 73.
Quartz vs Granite:
At Quartz Vs. Granite Countertops - A Geologist's Perspective | Forbes Trevor Nace says,
"The debate breaks down into a few large picture questions that you have to ask yourself. Despite the price difference in the two countertop options there are really two variables that you should take into account. One variable is whether you prefer a man made stone or a natural stone. You will find much more beauty in granite and there is certainly an excitement involved in picking out the small imperfections and color variation. I'll give this one to granite as it has a unique and impossible to replicate feel that never disappoints in upgrading your kitchen countertop. The other variable is ease of use in a number of different factors. Quartz countertops are sealed and therefore not porous, they are primarily made of quartz, which means they are more durable than granite. You'll find that quartz countertops are easier to clean, maintain, and forget about. If your primary concern is having a countertop that you can ignore and heavily use, quartz composite is the way to go."
Best Granite Countertops for Cherry Cabinets | The colorogist
What Granite Countertop Color Looks Best with Cherry Cabinets | KitchenMagic.com
Our choice at Bridgewater Marble & Granite
Choosing a green color or even a neutral with a green undertone will make cherry or mahogany kitchen cabinets go more red.
Dealers: Bridgewater Marble and Granite Works (732) 560-1717
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