Granite Countertops are by far the most popular Stone material used for Residential Kitchen applciations. Many other products such as Quartz and laminent materials for countertops try to mimic the look of granite. Granite is a natural Stone material that is harvested from the earth. It is made of many different minerals fused together with heat and pressure. Being a natural stone the material has natural imperfections that will need to be sealed with a proper sealer application typically on an annual basis.
Quartz Countertops are almost as durable as granite for countertops. Quartz Countertops are great for commercial applications where controlling the color is very important. Also for residential use for a more modern look. Another advantage is that quartz surface is non pourus so does not require sealing.
Exotic Countertops are typically less uniform materials. They are natural stones and will be more visually interesting and different from one stone slab to the next. This Exotic group may contain all kinds of natural stones from Granite, Marble, soapstone to Quartzite and more. Being a natural stone the material has natural imperfections that will need to be sealed with a proper sealer application typically on an annual basis.