Originally Posted by Manton
I don't get Corian at all. It's more expensive than granite, and looks so obviously fake. Aesthetically, it is hard to distinguish from formica.
Some of it (or some of the variations on the theme, like Zodiaq or Silestone, etc), doesn't look that different from some granites. And it's maintenance-free.
I use Stonetech Maximum BulletProof Sealer on my floors and countertops (used it once, I should say). Manton, you can come by and see the floors for yourself (my contractor thought I was crazy for putting them in), but I intensely dislike ceramic tiles, and my wife is even worse on the subject (YMMV). They are not that easy to keep spotless, but we've had no issues with stains on the floor. If I can, I'll take a picture of the kitchen and post it.
I sense in this thread a certain backlash against granite, which was probably inevitable, but I suspect in the long run it will prove its value. I'm less sure about concrete, or engineered quartz,in this regard. Soapstone I like, but I admit I don't know that much about it in daily use. Get a dark, dense granite with tight pores. You won't have any staining issues and it will set off the white cabinets really nicely. Something like a dark emerald pearl.