A hefty, rugged stone countertop can make life in the kitchen even more pleasant and productive. With a stable, smooth surface to rely upon, even an amateur cook can often accomplish things that would otherwise be difficult. Likewise will a stone countertop often lend an air of beauty and substance to a kitchen that would normally be impossible to produce. As a result, counters of these kinds have become extremely popular over the years, and this seems likely to be a permanent development.
Of all the stone-based improvements of these types that are commonly installed today, honed granite
rank at the top of the list in terms of popularity. Granite is a dense, strong form of stone that often features visually interesting patterns. The various minerals that make many slabs of granite so appealing also tend to resist staining and the absorption of moisture, making them a good fit for the average domestic kitchen in these ways, as well.
On the other hand, granite countertops do come with some drawbacks. For one thing, while the natural variation in colors that is typical of granite is not to be scoffed it, it certainly has its limits. This means, in practice, that any given countertop of this kind will fall into a fairly narrow range of hues. While there are some exceptional forms of granite found in certain places that push the boundaries a little bit, something of a lack of options when it comes to color is generally conceded by even the staunchest fans of the stone.
For those looking for more in terms of visual options, marble countertops often beckon. Marble is quite a bit less resilient than granite is, but many find that it remains perfectly suited to use in the average kitchen. Marble is also a much more porous stone than granite, but various treatments and coatings can help ensure that it will not take on avoidable stains. Even so, opting for marble will typically mean needing to commit to a bit more in the way of maintenance than is usual with granite
Still another option is to install a countertop based on the mineral quartz. Unlike those of granite or marble, quartz countertops are constructed not from solid stone but from ground-up
material that is bound together with filler. The resulting aggregate is, in many respects, a perfect fit for the kitchen, even if no longer strictly "natural" in every respect. With so many interesting options to look into, just about anyone should be able to settle on a fitting one.