The tops of natural stone are still a very popular choice because they combine beauty, strength and good value for money. If you prefer more original finishes and improved performance, you have unbeatable next-generation composites in terms of hardness and durability. The compact materials are Silestone, Corian, Neolith.
- Granite Countertops: A Very Resistant Material
Granite is a high-density, waterproof and barely porous rock of natural origin, all of which prevents liquids and stains from penetrating the counter, not to mention that it is very resistant to high temperatures.
Granite can be polished to make it look as good as it did the first day, making it a “life-long” countertop.
In granite selection, although the range of colors is more limited than in the case of synthetic products, you should know that, beyond the typical marbled, there are granites with striking designs, with marked veining and deep tones.
- Marble Countertops
Although it is waterproof, resistant and ages gracefully as it is a noble material, it is no less true that it is a less dense limestone and much more porous than granite, which is its main drawback.
Fats and acidic substances, such as lemon or vinegar, can cause staining. These countertops accept various polishes throughout their useful life.
In any case, the main argument of marble, which is back in fashion is the beauty and elegance that its veins give it, as well as the different colors in which we can find it.
- Silestone Countertops: A New Classic
When choosing a countertop, many opt for Silestone. You find it in many colors and can even be combined with textures ranging from high-gloss polished to matte, or rough to the touch.
Despite its excellent performance, some varieties incorporate antibacterial treatment in the entire thickness of the material. It must be borne in mind that its resistance to temperature is less than that of natural stone, so avoid supporting hot containers.
The final price of a Silestone countertop will depend on the model, the thickness of the material and the finishes applied to it.
- Corian Countertops: Mold It As You Like
Corian is composed of 1/3 of acrylic resins and 2/3 of minerals and pigments, which makes it hygienic, non-porous and capable of creating continuous surfaces, even with integrated sinks.
Its big argument is that it can be molded into curved, seamless surfaces. It works with ease and supports engravings and reliefs. This, together with its more than 100 colors, makes it a very versatile material.
In any case, its hardness is less than that of granite or quartz, and it can deform under high temperatures and stain. In its favor, although it is scratched relatively easily, it can also be easily repaired. This gives it long service life.