Soapstone, marble, Corian, ceramic tile, butcher block and stainless steel … The list of material options for countertops grows, yet granite and quartz continue to reign supreme. Both are beautiful, durable, and offer a reliable return on investment, but there are also definite pros and cons to each that you should be aware of:
- Natural hard stone formed from molten minerals; no two surfaces alike.
- Available in a range of colours and patterns depending on mineral composition.
- Naturally impervious to damage from heat.
- Won’t be scored or scratched by cutting (but tough on knives).
- Won’t fade in sunlight.
- Seams in long expanses are less obvious.
- Easier to repair than quartz.
- Low environmental impact: mined, cut into slabs and polished
- Needs more maintenance than quartz (i.e. sealing 1-2x per year).
- Pores can absorb grease and become stained.
- Sealant itself can be damaged by heat, depending on the type.
- Engineered, uniform and consistent appearance– 95% natural quartz and 5% polymer resin.
- Pigment can be added to create any color or finish, including to mimic granite or marble.
- Easy to clean and maintain; never needs sealing.
- Stain resistant (but not stain proof); easier to remove stains than from granite.
- Durability and stain resistance equate to lower lifetime cost
- Often more expensive than granite.
- Can melt, warp or discolor when exposed to high temps.
- More apt to scratch; i.e. cutting board mandatory..
- Higher risk of damage/discoloration from heat.
- Less environmentally friendly; more processed.
- Can fade in sunlight..
- Seams visible in long lengths
Still can’t decide? Don’t stress! In the kitchen and throughout your home, LFI Design is standing by with the advice and insights you need to bring your décor dreams to life. Just pick up the phone and give us a call, or stop by to see us in person.