Choosing Countertop Materials

Choosing the Right Countertop Material

The three most popular countertop material options tend to be quartz, granite and solid surface. While all of them can be ordered to suit any countertop shapes and sizes you might need to fit your kitchen space, each one has its particular strengths and benefits. To help you in choosing, we’ve put together a general comparison on several of the most important factors.

Countertop Cost Comparison

Pricing can vary significantly depending on your color and pattern selections. Using normal ranges, though, here are some general price range guidelines.

Granite: Surprisingly to some, granite may be your least expensive option of these three unless you choose one of the very basic solid color patterns of solid surface.

Quartz: As a rule, quartz is generally the most expensive of the three surfaces.

Solid Surface: While solid surface countertops are generally considered to be the least expensive, this may only be true for the simpler colors and patterns. The more natural looking and complex designs often exceed the cost of granite.

Countertop Color Options

While granite, quartz and solid surface all include a wide variety of color and patterns options, each one has particular advantages and disadvantages. Here are some general guidelines.

Granite: If it’s natural beauty and organic appearance you’re going for, granite is generally the top option. While the others can do a pretty nice job in simulating the look of organic beauty, it’s an inherent strength for natural stone. As a natural surface, every countertop is unique.

Quartz: If it’s a balance of natural appearance and bolder color options you’re looking for, quartz is the one you want. The use of organic components plus manufactured colors allows for a wide range of natural looking colors and patterns unmatched by the other two options.

Solid Surface: For bold, unique colors and patterns not necessarily found in nature, solid surface offers the most variety. The use of man-made colors and materials gives you nearly unlimited options to create a unique look that may not normally appear in nature.

Countertop Durability & Maintenance

While all three options are durable, there are some pretty clear advantages to some surfaces. Here’s a general overview of each on durability and maintenance.

Granite: While granite countertops are very hard, they’re also porous. They are also prone to cracking and staining. In addition, they do require some fairly simple but regular sealing.

Quartz: In short, quartz countertops are extremely durable and virtually maintenance free. They’re also non-porous and stain resistant and they don’t require any special sealing or cleaning.

Solid Surface: Solid surface countertops are also non-porous and stain resistant but they’re not quite as durable as quartz. They’re more easily scratched and can melt under direct contact with extreme heat.

We’d also note that both quartz and solid surface, being man-made, can be more easily repaired if damaged.

Countertops a Personal Choice

Ultimately, the decision on which countertop material is best for your kitchen comes down to your personal circumstances. The good news is that there is a variety of available options to ensure you find the right choice for your style and your budget. Any of the three options can provide you with a beautiful and unique countertop looks for many years to come.


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