Granite is one of the most common and preferred countertop materials. It is solid, durable and stain resistant. It can withstand heat associated with cooking or serving food, and doesn't show water marks. It's difficult to break, crack or scratch with normal wear and tear.
Marble countertops are well-made and structurally sound, but are less forgiving than their granite or quartz counterparts. Marble is the most porous of the three, and is especially sensitive to acidic liquids and potent chemical cleaners.
Quartz countertops have all of the same benefits of granite, except they aren't entirely natural. Choose quartz if you would like a consistent pattern/color, and are not fond of natural shading and variations that marble and granite offer. The downside the quartz is that it is not heat resistant so if in contact with heat over 300 degrees, it will scorch and discolor.
Like granite, quartzite leans toward the hard side of natural stone. Quartzite is Low Maintenance. Cleaning quartzite countertops is simple. Soap and warm water will make the surface look fantastic.
Porcelain countertops are a sophisticated blend of raw materials used to produce the very latest in countertop trends. Choose porcelain if you want a nonporous option that requires zero upkeep and never requires top coat applications.
While it does not have the dramatic dark mineral grains of granite, it does have variegated veining. And colors tend to include shades of gray, blue, green, or brown. All natural stone will require some form of maintenance, but soapstone is generally low maintenance when compared to granite. After you install soapstone countertops, rub the material with mineral oil to accent the stone's striking veining.