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The Best Kitchen Countertops

Quartz kitchen countertops? Marble? granite or Corian? If you've been renovating or building a new home you've probably started to consider which kitchen countertops give your home that perfect look. And the kitchen countertop ideas are endless. Granite and marble are natural stone and are often sited as possessing natural beauty because of that fact. Created under immense pressure and heat within the earth, the stone slabs that are extracted display incredible veining and naturally-occurring colours and patterns. On the manufactured side, you have options like quartz and Corian. Quartz is manufactured using roughly 93% crushed quartz and then resin and colourant is added. This equates to endless customization options. Colours, patterns and matching seams are completely controlled and because of this, homeowners with intricate designs have maximum flexibility in creating virtually seamless countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.


Every renovation or new build has a budget. And that weighs heavily in your choice in countertops. Small kitchen islands or small span countertops mean more expensive options may be within site. Expansive designs mean homeowners may have to limit their options first before deciding on what's best. Natural stone and manufactured stone can both vary in their cost. For instance, you may save on marble countertops by going with a less expensive type like Carrera. But as a general rule of thumb, natural stone is somewhat more expensive given the cost to extract the stone from the earth and shipping the material. In the end, the most important factor may come down to just how in love you are with the material.

Maintenance & Care

We all know that the kitchen is often times the busiest room in the house. For families this is certainly true and for those with small children this means lots of spills and traffic. So it's important that whatever your kitchen countertop ultimately becomes it should be durable, stain-resistant and easy to maintain. Most options, natural stone and manufactured stone, produce excellent surfaces that are built to last. But depending on how open you are to care and maintenance, going with a manufactured product may be the way to go. Natural stone is porous. It means there are tiny channels in the surface that can trap food and liquids. Food preparation on natural stone requires special attention.Cleaning granite countertops for instance, should be done frequently. While stone like marble are perfect for working with pastry because the surface remains cool, it also means that careful attention to cleanliness must be observed. Bacteria will collect in porous surfaces and in turn create health risks. If a natural stone like granite and marble suits you, it should be sealed every 12-18 months to combat bacteria and staining. But sealing is not a terribly involved process. For most kitchen countertops it can be done in roughly an hour.

Make Your Decision an Informed One

Homeowners can take years planning a home renovation or new build and the details like quartz kitchen countertops can weigh heavily in realizing their vision. Therefore, it's best to seek the advice of companies that offer a number of options in order to make an informed decision. Look for companies that offer variety and one that can walk you through the pros and cons of each.

Latitude Collection of Fine Kitchen and Bathroom Countertop Products

  • Natural Stone - Granite & Natural Stone Countertops
  • Caesarstone Classico Quartz Countertops
  • Caesarstone Concetto Countertops and Surfaces
  • Silestone Quartz Countertops for the Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Eco by Cosentino
  • Hanstone Quartz Countertops for the Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Zodiaq Quartz Countertops
  • BLANCO Sinks and Faucets
  • DU PONT Corian
  • Staron Solid Surface Countertops
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