There are four main countertop products:
- Granite (Natural Stone)
- Quartz (93% Natural Stone + 7% Resin)
- Laminate (A thin resin sheet applied over particle board)
- Solid Surface or Onyx (A blend of resin and alumina)
Granite and quartz countertops are far superior in durability, longevity, and moisture resistance.
Laminate is the most cost-effective choice.
Solid Surface is the only seamless product but is much more susceptible to scratches and stains.
good to know
- If you will be using cabinet lighting, we provide wiring information for your space to ensure the wiring is placed correctly.
- Incorrect humidity will have adverse effects on wood products. We recommend maintaining an indoor relative humidity between 30 – 50%. We are not liable for issues caused by incorrect humidity levels.
granite vs quartz
- Rich, natural colors with unparalleled depth.
- Slightly more likely to chip and stain due to variations in stone type and density.
- There will be natural fissures and small pits in the surface of granite. This does not affect the durability or lifespan.
- Granite is slightly porous, so it needs to be sealed periodically. This is not a huge issue, as there are 20-year sealers available.
- Granite is not a seamless product. Every effort is made to make a good seam. However, they will be noticeable, especially on lighter colors and colors with more movement.
- The colors are not as rich and do not have as much depth as granite. However, new colors are being added continually.
- Extremely durable and consistent hardness.
- There are no surface pits or natural fissures.
- Quartz is virtually maintenance free and does not require sealing.
- Quartz is not a seamless product. Every effort is made to make a good seam. However, they will be noticeable, especially on lighter colors and colors with more movement.
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