Are you working on a kitchen renovation right now? When choosing countertops, many homeowners prefer a solid surface, like marble or granite. But the reality is that these surfaces are mined from deep in the Earth, are very heavy and can come from faraway places, which means large amounts of fuel are used to transport them across the world. If you want a solid surface, consider quartz countertops instead. They are made using one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, have the look and feel of marble or granite and are more durable over time. Quartz countertops are nonporous, never stain and can be cleaned with just soap and water. There is no resealing that has to be done, and dollar-for-dollar, they are usually less expensive than marble and granite.