Countertops can be the shining star of any kitchen or bathroom. Some countertop materials are more stylish and attractive while others are more functional.
Natural stone countertops, such as granite and marble, offer a look and feel unmatched by any other material. They can, however, be porous and brittle making them susceptible to cracking, chipping, and staining. Natural stone should be sealed regularly and should not be exposed to extreme heat or impact.
Engineered stone (Quartz) has the advantage of being nonporous and significantly harder than granite. This material made from 93%-97% pure quartz crystal, has been around for decades, but the technology to replicate the look of granite and marble has come a long way in the last few years. Quartz is consistent in color and pattern, and Quartz countertops require no sealing and can even be used as a cutting surface. It all comes down to the look, feel, and maintenance.