Comparison of Countertop Materials

Granite is the often the surface of choice for high-end applications. It is quite expensive, but it sure provides a look that is incomparable for beauty and elegance.

If you are considering granite countertops for your kitchen, you should be aware of its general characteristics, as well as other options, such as engineered stones and solid surface.

Natural granite comes from the ground. Engineered stone is man-made. Solid Surface is a plastic material. Each offers its own pros and cons.

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Sandstone, Agglomerate, Supplier, Installer, Direct, Importer, Fabricator, Balintawak, Quezon City, Manila, Metro Manila, Countertop, Flooring, Bullnose, Edge Profile, Chamfered, Design, Cladding, Polished, Bush Hammered, Decorative Stone, Cultured Stone, Natural, Slate, Quartzite, Kitchen, Jet Black, Black Galaxy, Salt and Pepper, Salt & Pepper, Pink Porrino, Beige Porrino, Gray Honda, German White, Thassos White, Crema Marfil, Baby Pink, Ariston White, Volakas White, Teakwood, Engineered Stone, China, Italy, India, Emperador, Nero Marquina, Rosso Levanto, Blue Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Tiger, Joy, Lion, Phoenix, Teresa, SDZ, Euroasia, Italica, Timbal, Tayag, Rafaello, Samitrade, Stoneasia, Kaufman, Benco, Guanco, Stefistone, Construction, Interior, Floor, Makati, PhilippinesGranite

  • Natural but not Perfect

Granite is crystalline in structure, so it always has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. It also contains natural fissures that may appear to be cracks. These, however, are not structural defects and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They occur naturally and are considered to be part of the beauty of stone.

  • Appearance is not Uniform

Movement is a term that is used to describe the shift in color and pattern in natural stone. Natural granite does not have a uniform pattern or color. The appearance can vary widely between slabs, and even within a single slab.

  • Samples May Differ from the Actual Stone

The sample in our showroom may differ from the slabs currently available at our warehouse. They may have been mined from a different part of the quarry or they may have occlusions or color variances that give them a different appearance.

We require our clients to examine first the actual slabs of material before it is cut.

  • Seams are Visible

A seam is the transition line that forms when two granite tops come together. It is inevitable, especially when the length of the available stone would not suffice the requirement. Installers fill the void with high-strength polymer glue, mixed with toner(s) to match the stone’s natural color .

  • Requires Sealant

Granite, being a natural stone product, has a certain degree of porosity. Application of sealant is required to repel liquids from penetrating the surface, preventing stain from occurring on the countertop.

  • Durable but not Indestructible

Granite is extremely durable, scratch-resistant, and impervious to water and heat. It has the ability to withstand constant abuse while holding its luster. It will generally last forever under normal conditions. However, once misused, it can be chipped or be broken.

  • Bacteria Resistance

Granite, second to stainless steel, provides excellent bacteria resistance based on the report provided by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management. According to the study, among six countertop materials– Concrete, Tile, Granite, Wood, Laminate, and Stainless Steel– granite ranked highly in surface cleanliness.

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Sandstone, Agglomerate, Supplier, Installer, Direct, Importer, Fabricator, Balintawak, Quezon City, Manila, Metro Manila, Countertop, Flooring, Bullnose, Edge Profile, Chamfered, Design, Cladding, Polished, Bush Hammered, Decorative Stone, Cultured Stone, Natural, Slate, Quartzite, Kitchen, Jet Black, Black Galaxy, Salt and Pepper, Salt & Pepper, Pink Porrino, Beige Porrino, Gray Honda, German White, Thassos White, Crema Marfil, Baby Pink, Ariston White, Volakas White, Teakwood, Engineered Stone, China, Italy, India, Emperador, Nero Marquina, Rosso Levanto, Blue Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Tiger, Joy, Lion, Phoenix, Teresa, SDZ, Euroasia, Italica, Timbal, Tayag, Rafaello, Samitrade, Stoneasia, Kaufman, Benco, Guanco, Stefistone, Construction, Interior, Floor, Makati, PhilippinesEngineered Stone (Agglomerate)

  • Man-Made

Engineered Stone is a non-porous material made from a mixture of 93% quartz , 7% resin binders, and pigments.

  • Needs no Sealing

The extremely hard, non-porous surface retains its high-polished luster and requires no sealing.

  • Mold & Mildew Resistant

Engineered Stone is hygienic and food safe. It resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria due to its non-porous surface.

  • Uniform Appearance

It has the general appearance of natural stone, but with a consistent pattern and color. The final product should be very close to what you see in the showroom.

  • Seams are Visible

As is the case with natural stone, seams are visible. However, they are often less noticeable than a typical granite seam (because of the changing pattern and color).

  • Durable but not Indestructible

It is resistant to stains caused by wine, fruit juices, liquid food coloring, tea, nail polish and remover, and felt-tip markers.

It can, however, be damaged by high heat and prolonged exposure to heat. As with any other stone or surface material, strong chemicals and solvents, oven cleaners and floor strippers will damage the surface.

Continuous long-term exposure to direct sunlight (UV rays) may result in slight discoloration of countertops. Most indoor applications will not apply.

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Sandstone, Agglomerate, Supplier, Installer, Direct, Importer, Fabricator, Balintawak, Quezon City, Manila, Metro Manila, Countertop, Flooring, Bullnose, Edge Profile, Chamfered, Design, Cladding, Polished, Bush Hammered, Decorative Stone, Cultured Stone, Natural, Slate, Quartzite, Kitchen, Jet Black, Black Galaxy, Salt and Pepper, Salt & Pepper, Pink Porrino, Beige Porrino, Gray Honda, German White, Thassos White, Crema Marfil, Baby Pink, Ariston White, Volakas White, Teakwood, Engineered Stone, China, Italy, India, Emperador, Nero Marquina, Rosso Levanto, Blue Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Tiger, Joy, Lion, Phoenix, Teresa, SDZ, Euroasia, Italica, Timbal, Tayag, Rafaello, Samitrade, Stoneasia, Kaufman, Benco, Guanco, Stefistone, Construction, Interior, Floor, Makati, Philippines

Solid Surface

  • Man-Made

Solid Surface is composed of minerals, acrylic resins and colors that combine for an almost exact look in a broad range of colors and designs. While it offers the look of natural stone, the manufacturing process ensures consistency for very good color matching at installation and in the future when renovating or repairing.

  • Uniform Appearance

Consistent color and pattern. The final product should, most likely, be what you see in showrooms.

  • Seams are Invisible

Solid Surface seams are bonded chemically. They can be finished to a smooth, inconspicuous joint where moisture and dirt can’t collect. Thus, there is no grout to clean, and liquids cannot penetrate the surface.

  • Durable but not Indestructible

Although Solid Surface is mold and mildew resistant, it is not scratch-resistant. In addition, it is vulnerable to heat damage. Avoid exposing the surface to hot pans. Also, keep it away from harsh chemicals such as paint thinners, acetone-based cleaners, stove cleaners, etc. If these come in contact with the surface, quickly wash them off with water. Use appropriate safety measures to avoid injury.

  • Virtually Maintenance Free

Solid surface does not require sealing or special cleaning products. Soap and water will wipe away most stains. Minor scratches and burns can be buffed away without impacting the look or finish.

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2 thoughts on “Comparison of Countertop Materials

  1. how much is the price difference between quartz tabletop and natural granite tabletops when it comes to per square meters, Thank you

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