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Granite Countertops

There is no doubt about it that granite is a countertop material of choice due to its outstanding durability, scratch- and heat-resistance and natural beauty. Granite is also available in an amazing array of colorful and unique patterns and no two granite tops are exactly the same. However, with its great looks comes a mighty high price tag. In fact, when installed in solid pieces it is the most expensive option in countertops. It is definitely less expensive to have the stone installed in pieces.

To reduced costs, many homeowners install their stone countertops in square pieces (usually 12") and have them applied like ceramic tiles with grout. By doing this, you are achieving the same natural beauty at a much lower cost than solid stone. Furthermore, if there ever comes a time when you need one of the pieces replaced, you could have an individual square removed without bothering the remaining countertop. During the time of purchase, it is recommended to get several extra squares so that the pieces can be used to make repairs in the future.

Keep in mind, granite countertops do require some maintenance in order to ensure that they stay beautiful and protected. Due to granites porous surface, you will need to regularly seal the surface in order to repel water-and oil-based stains. Failure to seal granite will lead to stains and a reduced shine. Luckily, professionals can clean and polish granite to restore the shine back when it has become dull and hazy. However, if the granite countertop cracks, the entire surface will need to be replaced.

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Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops
There is no doubt about it that granite is a countertop material of choice due to its outstanding durability, scratch- and heat-resistance and natural beauty. Granite is also available in an amazing array of colorful and unique patterns and no two granite tops are exactly the same. However, with its great looks comes a mighty high price tag. In fact, when installed in solid pieces it is the most expensive option in countertops.

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Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops
With all the perks of natural stone plus some, quartz is the most ideal stone countertop option. Quartz combines natural quartz with epoxy resin binders to create a virtually indestructible material that doesn’t require sealants. Since it technically isn’t 100% stone, it is often referred to as “engineered” quartz. However, this is definitely not a synthetic countertop. In fact, quartz provides the look of natural stone, with added durability and a non-porous nature making it practically stain-free, as well as consistent color and hygienic qualities.

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Top 10 Countertop Choices

Top 10 Countertop Choices
Below is a list of the top ten options on the market for kitchen counter tops. In order to choose the countertop that is right for you and your lifestyle, it is good to know a little bit about all of your options. The more information you know, the better off you will be in making the right choice. 1) Granite Counters - Granite has become the top choice for countertops because it is both durable and beautiful. However, the quality of granite does come with a high price, colors are limited, and it also requires regular maintenance.

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