Granite and Marble have been a popular choice for countertops in recent years. The natural look, uniquness, variation in colour and pattern make this material the perfect choice for those who love natural stone. Granite and Marble require some maintenance to keep the surface resistant to heat, bacteria and staining.
Granite is an igneous rock with between 20% and 60% quartz by volume, and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar, although commonly the term "granite" is used to refer to a wider range of coarse-grained igneous rocks containing quartz and feldspar.
Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite.
Quartz Countertops are engineered with approximetly 93% natural Quartz crystals and 7% high quality polymer resins. Quartz is one of natures hardest minerals. The beauty and durability of Quartz makes it an excellent choice for any environment. Benefits of Quartz include a wide range of colors and patterns, low maintenance, a non-porous surface as well as resistant to heat, bacteria and staining. Charisma fabricates many Quartz materials from multiple suppliers, see below for details.
Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C. Charisma fabricates many Porcelain materials from multiple suppliers, see below for details.
Solid surface is a man-made material usually composed of a combination of Alumina Trihydrate (ATH), acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and pigments. It is most frequently used for seamless countertop installations. Solid Surface Top Seamless Integral Kitchen Sink Integral Cove Slash with Wall Panel Solid surface was first introduced by DuPont in 1967 under the name of Corian. Since the expiration of their patent, other manufacturers have also introduced their brands as well.