Granite - Granite is by far the most durable of all surfaces used in counter top construction. It resists heat, scratches and stains and protects against mold and mildew. Granite offers a near endless variety of different patterns of veins, specks and swirls. Hot pans can be placed on the surface without the worry of burning the surface--granite can withstand up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and disperses the heat throughout its surface area. Most household knives can be used to cut meat and vegetables directly on the granite surface. With proper care granite surface are virtually stain proof. Granite is the only choice for preparation surfaces for world famous chefs, and the cost of granite is not as nearly prohibitive as you may think. See Granite gallery


Quartz - Quartz countertops are made of natural quartz combined with polymer resins. These components create a strong, durable, and hygienic countertop that has become extremely popular amongst homeowners for its ease of care and maintenance. The material is not 100 percent stone, so is typically referred to as engineered quartz. Uniformity of color is one of the primary advantages of quartz countertops. When the slabs of quartz are manufactured, the appearance is consistent throughout. This makes it easier for consumers to know what they’re getting, and ensures that all the countertops will match one another perfectly, with no discoloration between sections.See Quartz gallery


Marble - Marble countertops instantly bring rich style and elegance to your kitchen or bathroom. People typically think of marble countertops as being mainly dark in color and pattern. Popular colors include gray or brown, and they complement dark woodwork or modern spaces. Marble also comes in white, pink, yellow and orange. Marble countertops are smooth and a pleasure to work on due to their beauty and silky feel. Marble doesn't weather like vinyl and doesn't get nicked or dented like wood. Marble countertop can be sealed to help prevent stains. You don’t need a cutting board with a marble countertop because it’s strong, naturally non-porous and bacteria-resistant. Marble cleans up easily with soap and water.See Marble gallery


Soapstone - When it comes to any soapstone countertops, no 2 slabs are ever the same. The one that you have decorating your kitchen will never be duplicated in any other home. Your countertop will become a personal treasure and will grow on you as it ages. Soapstone won’t get damaged from heat and doesn’t stain. It is non-porous, so it will never absorb liquids. This type of stone is so dense that no type of sealant is required at all. It is all natural, completely recyclable and bacteria resistant.


Quartzite - An amazing material, quartzite is naturally strong, and heat and stain resistant. Quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz together under a great deal of heat and pressure. The empty grains of sandstone are filled with quartz, making quartzite harder than quartz. On the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10), with 10 the hardest, granite measures between 6 and 6.5; whereas quartzite measures around 7. Although quartzite is considered an exceptional material for use in countertops, etching on the surface may occur. The more sought after quartzite originates in Brazil and India. The difference in price for the material in either slabs or tiles will depend on the availability of colors and the location of origin.


Serpentine - Often mistaken for marble, serpentine is actually magnesium-silicate based as opposed to calcite based. As a result of the different mineralogy and whole rock chemistry of serpentine, it exhibits greater acid resistance and abrasion resistance than does a true marble. These properties make serpentine a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application.


Limestone - One of the biggest advantages to the limestone countertop is that there is an incredible amount of adaptability to this stone. Many home designers, and potential home buyers find limestone to be a very sophisticated building material and the presence of it in your home can only help the sale. Limestone is highly durable. Limestone countertops are highly heat resistant and are known for being very sturdy. Limestone bears a remarkable resemblance to marble-another reason it is so well liked. The natural color is typically a white or other sandy like colors and is highly popular for professional chefs and other serious cooks.


Onyx - A great alternative to granite, marble, and other more popular stone surfaces, onyx provides a sleek and modern look to any workspace. Onyx is formed in caves as stalactites and stalagmites drip to form this precious stone. Onyx Countertops are a rarity as they bring a unique appearance with strikingly dramatic, translucent appeal. Not often placed in a horizontal orientation such as a countertop, onyx countertops are a unique and premium surface. With its exclusive style, onyx generally comes in swirling and pastel color patterns. Onyx is a soft stone that must be sealed and is prone to scratching and etching.