If you are building a new home or looking to remodel your bathroom, you should consider the possibility of granite or another stone material for the countertops. First of all, granite countertops are resilient to these forms of water damage. Waterproof sealants can be re-applied when necessary to provide continued protection.

Ever since the 1920s, American countertops have been covered in laminates. However, over the past two decades, natural stone surfaces – such as marble, soapstone, granite and even concrete – have become the materials of preference. But then a new contender in the form of engineered quartz came along.

Quartz Countertops: The New Contenders! - Stone Blog

Today, sales figures of quartz countertops have literally exploded.

While some quartz countertops are made of actual quarried slabs, engineered quartz is created through a manufacturing process that comprises about 95% of natural quarried quartz and 5% polymer resins. The end result is a low-maintenance, super-hard, natural stone-looking product that's available in a dazzling array of colors.

For many homeowners who chose quartz countertops, it was the huge range of color options that actually sold them. This durability also means quartz resists corrosion and staining from household cleaning products, liquids and cooking oils, meaning there's no need for them to be periodically resealed. And, unlike some other surfaces, it is non-porous, so quartz kitchen counter tops are much more hygienic.

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