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Kitchen countertops can be functional, beautiful, and affordable. There are many options when choosing a countertop including natural stone, porcelain, quartz, laminate, wood, glass, and even paper composite, but for the very best value and longest life, you should keep the following five points in mind.Granite Kitchen Countertops from Arizona Tile - Volcano Emperador

The ideal kitchen countertop should be:

Waterproof
Heat resistant
Impact resistant
Resistant to cuts and abrasion
Require minimum care

When following the above criteria, your best surface choices for a kitchen countertop will be Samsung Radianz quartz, granite, or tile, because they have excellent cutting, heat and abrasion properties, are easy to care for, and are very good stain resisters. 

They also come in a wide variety of finishes and colors that work well with any kitchen design. But how do you decide between the three? You will need to evaluate the pros and cons of each and then pick the surface that’s best for your budget, lifestyle and kitchen.

Granite Countertops

Granite is a slab of natural stone that is quarried directly from the earth. Due to extreme conditions in which granite is formed, as well as its mineral composition, it is one of the hardest and most durable surfaces available. Colors are determined by the area of origin and each piece will be unique, making your kitchen one-of-a-kind. Arizona Tile offers more than 70 variations for granite kitchen countertops.Granite Kitchen Countertops - Arizona Tile Kodiak

Pros:

Very durable
Naturally stain resistant
Easy to care for
Heat resistant
Unique colors and patterns that occur organically

Cons:

Can have design imperfections that occur naturally

 

Quartz Countertops

Samsung Radianz Quartz is a blend of natural and man-made material that results in an easy-to-care-for countertop. More than 93% of the 122” x 60” slab is natural quartz crystals, one of the hardest minerals found in nature. Samsung Radianz Quartz is available in a large selection of consistent colors and patterns, eleven of which contain pre-consumer recycled content. Quartz Kitchen Countertops - Arizona Tile Black Diamond

Pros: 

Wide range of colors
Scratch resistant surface
Easy to maintain - no sealing needed
Large slabs allow for more coverage and fewer seams

Cons:

Best-suited for interior use.  Not recommended for exterior use because UV light can damage the appearance and color.



Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Countertops

Ceramic and porcelain tile are excellent heat resistors.  They are affordable, durable, easy to clean, and come in many different styles, textures, and colors. It can even mimic natural stone surfaces.Tile Kitchen Countertops - Arizona Tile Old Ferro Burnish

Pros:

Heat and cut resistant
Easy for homeowners to install
Affordable
Wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors
Easy to clean

Cons:

Uneven counter surface
Grout can discolor
Tiles can chip or crack

Remember that although quartz, granite and tile each have drawbacks, any of these choices make for an excellent surface for your kitchen countertop. It’s up to you to decide which option will look best with your kitchen design, your use of the kitchen, and your budget. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team can help you decide which is the best option for you. Call or visit your local Arizona Tile showroom for a personal consultation.