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Granite Kitchen Countertops

Upgrading your kitchen is not only a great way to instantly add sophistication and a fresh style your home, but is also one of the smartest investments you can make when considering the resale value of your home.  For example, just by investing in quality solid surface countertops you can have the piece of mind that they will keep their beauty for generations and will be a great selling feature down the road.  Below is our list of the 3 most popular solid surface options to help you start thinking about what is best option for you and your new designer kitchen!


Corian is a solid surface composite that is created by DuPont.  Because it is an engineered material, corian can be made in an amazing spectrum of colors ranging from warm neutrals to vibrant fluorescents and encompassing pretty much every tone in between.  Pieces can be integrated without noticeable seams, creating the illusion of a continuous uninterrupted surface with a matte satin, semi gloss, or high gloss finish.

While Corian is non-porous and stain resistant, it is the “softest” of the group.  Cutting boards and trivets must be used to protect the countertop from scratches and scorching.  Any scratches that do occur can usually be buffed or sanded out.  Corian is very easy to clean since regular ammonia based cleaners are safe to use; however, counters should not be left wet after cleaning as they can develop hard water marks and buildup over time.


Silestone is approximately 94% natural quartz bound with an advanced polymer that that makes the end product four times stronger than granite.  In fact, Silestone resists scratching, staining and scorching better than any other natural stone or solid surface on the market.  Plus, this non-porous and stain resistant surface has built in microbial protection that fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

Silestone comes in over 60 colors and a variety of patterns and textures, including a high shine polish or a matte leather finish, and the quartz crystals give the surface depth and radiance.  No additional sealant is required and mild household cleaners are recommended for daily cleaning.


Granite has come to define elegance in the kitchen, and for good reason.  The vivid natural color pallet has an endless variety of different patterns, veins, specs, and swirls and numerous edge designs to suit any room design.  Granite can range from a honed matte finish to high shine polish and comes in a variety of textures.

While granite is a near diamond hard non-porous surface it does require a protective sealant.  Today, some sealants can last up to 15 years; however, proper daily care is necessary to keep surfaces in pristine condition.

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