Quartz Countertops, Granite Countertops, Solid Surface Countertops
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Quartz  Countertops, Granite Countertops, Solid Surface

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops come in a variety of brand names but each brand has unique colors and textures.  Some have more modern flare while others mimic the colors of natural stone.  Click below to get information on the most popular brands of Quartz Countertops.

silestone countertops

zodiaq countertops

cambria countertops

caesrstone countertps
Legacy Quartz countertops

SileStone

Zodiaq

Cambria

CeasarStone

Legacy

Countertop Choices

 

Today there are more choices for countertop materials than ever before and trying to select the countertop for your home can depend on your budget, your decor, the makeup of your family and other personal considerations.  We will provide you information on many countertop materials, and many brands.  We will try give you information about new products, the old standby's and some materials you may not have considered for your countertops.  Countertop materials now include concrete, wood, synthetic stone, natural stone like granite, Devonian Blue Stone, Marble and other materials. 

Countertop Index

ZODIAC

SILESTONE

CAMBRIA

CEASARSTONE

SOLID SURFACE

WILSONART

LEGACY

FORMICA

PAPERSTONE

SOAPSTONE

WOOD

LAMIATE

CONTRETE
COUNTERTOPS

 

 

 

 

2014 National Kitchen And Bath Association (NKBA) Survey

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Granite & Marble Countertop MEGA Swatches

granite countertop color selectionMEGA Swatch is the innovative creation that makes selection of granite countertops or marble vanities much easier. MEGA Swatches are large photo reproductions of the most popular granite countertop colors that are inexpensive to buy and make it much easier to select the right color of granite for your kitchen countertops.  Large vinyl swatches are size up to 24" X 37" and are photo copies of real granite. 
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granite countertop MEGA Swatches

 

    Solid Surface Countertops

Solid Surface countertops are sometimes over shadowed by natural stone and quartz, but are a very good choice for many homes or commercial applications.  See the most popular solid surface types below.

corian countertops

formica countertops

wilson art countertops

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Corian

Formica     

 WilsonArt     

Staron


  
Other Types of Countertops

PaperStone Countertops Soapstone Countertops Granite Wood Countertops
Concrete Countertops  Blue Stone Modern Contemporary Kitchens

Countertop Videos

Granite Transformations Countertops
Staron Acrylic Countertops from Samsung

 

Virtual Granite Kitchen

Granite countertop colorsVirtual Granite Kitchen is a tool that can be used to select granite colors for kitchens. It lets you change granite, walls, appliances and floor colors to see which granite colors would look good in your kitchen.

Granite companies can have the tool installed on their website to assist granite countertop colors also.  Try Virtual Granite Kitchen.

 

 

The Difference between Quartz countertops  & Solid Surface.

Solid Surface Countertops are made from acrylic or plastic material which is colored by resins.  An example of solid surface is Corian.   Quartz Countertops or Engineered Stone is a nonporous material, made from a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments. Quartz countertops look more like granite and are almost as expensive. An example of quartz countertops is Zodiaq.

 

Countertop Material Quick Comparison Chart

 

Quartz

Laminate

Solid Surface

Granite

Concrete

Beauty

very good

fair

good

excellent

very good

Scratch Resistance

excellent

fair

very good

excellent

good

Stain Resistance

excellent

fair

good

very good

fair

Heat Resistance

excellent

fair

fair

excellent

fair

Mildew Resistance

excellent

fair

excellent

very good

very good

Burn Resistance

excellent

fair

fair

excellent

good

Easily Repairable

very good

good

very good

good

fair

Seamless

very good

fair

excellent

very good

fair

Non-porousless

excellent

good

excellent

good

fair

Average Warranty

10 years

1 year

10 years

1 year

1 year

* Ratings.. excellent is best, followed by very good, good, fair

 

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops, Cambria, Dupont Zodiaq, Silestone, Ceasar Stone For those who love the look of granite countertops but are concerned about its drawbacks, quartz may be the answer. Unlike granite, which can be permanently stained by cooking oils and grease, or which can be etched by the acids in such common household products as hairspray and other toiletries, engineered stone is impervious to these hazards.  Quartz countertops include Dupont Zodiaq, Cambria, Silestone, Wilsonart, CaesarStone, Legacy and others. 

 

Solid Surface Countertops

solid surface countertopsSolid Surface countertops were born in the late 1960's when Dupont introduced Corian, a synthetic blend of natural minerals and high-performance acrylic, as a practical, inexpensive alternative to granite. Solid Surface resist attack by acids, alkalis and water; they also will resist stains as well as the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold and mildew. Solid Surface Countertops include Dupont Corian, LG HiMacs, Wilsonart and others.  More Solid Surface Countertops

 

Granite Countertops

Granite CounertopsGranite's rich colors, unique patterns and strength make it an ideal choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, or exterior cladding. Granite countertops are beautiful, durable, and low maintenance. Each stone has its own unique mineral make up that creates the colors and structure, giving your countertops a truly custom appearance. Granite countertops offer deep colors and that elusive, one-of-a -kind beauty created only in nature. We have created a web site just for granite countertops.  Visit the Granite Info Page

 

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Quartz Countertops SileStone Zodiaq Cambria Technistone CeasarStone Legacy
    Solid Surface Countertops: Corian Formica WilsonArt LG HI_MACS
    Paper Countertops  Wood Countertops Concrete Countertops Granite Blue Stone

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