Countertop Guide

Granite, marble, quartz & more - oh my! See what surfaces are best for your home & style...

 GraniteEngineered QuartzSolid SurfaceLaminatesButcher Block
Brand Names / SupplierSupplied by Avanti, Bramati and MSIViatera, Caesarstone, Cambria, ZodiaqCorian, Meganite, Gibraltar, Avonite, Hi-MacsWilsonart, Formica, PinoiteJohn Boos
What is it?100% Natural stone quarried from within the earthMan-made: 85%-95% crushed quartz with a resin
binder 
Man-made: Acrylic or Polyester PlasticsMan-made: Printed colors/patterns on a fiberglass
backing
Various species of 100% Natural wood
Heat ResistanceNot affected by heatCan be affected by high heat (over 400F)Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the
surface
Hot pots can warp, melt, or discolor the surfaceHot pots can burn the surface
CleanlinessIndependent studies have found granite to be one of
the most bacteria-resistant surfaces available
Non-porous - very resistant to bacteriaDeep scratches can harbor dirt and or moistureNon-porous - easy to cleanIndependent studes have found wood to be resistant to bacteria (better than plastic)
Scratch ResistanceHighly scratch resistant - small scratches can be
professionally repaired
Highly scratch resistantScratches easily - can be sandedCan be scratched - not easily repairedScratches and abrasions can usually be sanded out
FabricationMay require seams - various edge profiles availableMay require seams - various edge profiles availableSeamless - usually set on a wood sub-structure -
various edge profiles available
Sheet material is applied to a wood sub-structure -
limited edge profiles
Wood blanks can be custom made into many shapes and edge types
AppearanceHighly polished finish - every piece is naturally
unique in color and patterning
Polished finish - consistent and uniform color and
patterning
Matte finish - with consistent and uniform color and
patterning
Highly visible seams - consistent and uniform color
and patterning
Can be oiled or vanished depending on the application and intended look
MaintenanceMay require periodic sealing to prevent stainingn/aScratches can be sanded out Oil finish needs reapplied approx every 6 weeks
Price$35 sq/ft and up
(20 sq/ft min.)
Comprable to Levels 4 & 5 granitePrice varies based on color - many of which are more
expensive than granite
InexpensivePrice various by species of wood
 GraniteEngineered QuartzSolid SurfaceLaminatesButcher Block

Beautiful White Marble Kitchen Countertops by ABella Stone

Natural Stone Countertop & Surface Use Chart

 Countertop
& Vanities
Tub/Shower
Surrounds
FlooringFireplace
Surrounds
Granite YESYESYESYES
Marble YESYESYESYES
Travertine YES YESYES
Slate YES YESYES
SoapstoneYES   
Limestone YES  YES


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