Comparing Kitchen Countertops: Granite versus Marble, Quartz and Solid Surface
There are many different types of countertop surfaces to choose from. What’s the best way to compare and make the right decision? Here is a list of the different types of countertops and the Pros & Cons of each one.
Type of Countertop
Granite: A hard, naturally occurring igneous rock. Granite slabs are harvested from quarries, cut and polished.
Beautiful designs Many colors and patterns Natural and unique Heat resistant Very durable and scratch resistant
Requires periodic sealing Porous and can absorb stains Visible seams May contain pits and fissures
Marble: A naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Marble is quarried, cut and polished.
Variety of colors and patterns Elegant, graceful look Unique and natural Heat tolerant
Not as durable as granite Porous and stains easily Visible seams Difficult to repair May take a little maintenance
Quartz / Engineered Stone: Man-made surface engineered from 93% natural quartz combined with polymer resins.
Very hard and durable Stain and heat resistant Rich colors not found in nature Manufacturer warranty Made from natural stone
Not as impact resistant as granite Visible seams Possible damage by high heat over a long time Limited colors
Solid Surface Man-made material that is consistent throughout