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Countertop Surface Comparisons

When it comes to selecting a new countertop surface for your home or business, there a several different factors in determining what is best. Price, maintenance, durability, and appearance are only a couple. So to help you decide what surface will work best we put together a countertop comparison table. Click here for a printable pdf version, or take a look at the table below:

  Granite Engineered Stone Acrylic/Polyester Plastics Tile Laminate
Brand Names   Zodiaq, Viatera, CaesarStone, Legacy Corian Ceramic, Porcelain Wilsonart, Formica
Material Make Up 100% natural stone quarried from within the earth Man-made: 85%-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder Man-made: acrylic or polyester plastics Man-made ceramic or porcelain Man-made: printed colors/patterns on a fiberglass backing
Affects from Heat Heat resistant May be effected by high heat
(above 400F)
Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the surface Heat resistant Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the surface
Resistance to Bacteria Studies show granite to be one of the most bacteria resistant surfaces Non-pourous- bacteria resistant Deep scratches can harbor dirt and moisture, can harbor bacteria Grout is very pourous and difficult to keep clean, can harbor bacteria Non-porous- easy to clean, keeping bacteria in check
Scratch resistance Highly scratch resistant-small scratches can be professionally repaired Highly scratch resistant Scratches easily- can be sanded to repair damage Finish can be scratched and is usually not repairable Can be scratched and is not easily repaired
Fabrication May require seams- various edge profiles available May require seams- various edge profiles available Seamless- usually set on a wood substructure- various edge profiles available Should be set on an approved sub-structure- limited edge profiles Sheet material applied to a wood sub-structure- limited edge profiles
Appearance Highly polished finish- each piece is unique in color and patterning Polished finish- consistent and uniform color and patterning Matte finish- consistent and uniform color and patterning Grout joints can vary greatly tile color and shading can vary Highly visible seems-consistent and uniform color and patterning
Maintenance May require periodic sealing to prevent staining   Easy to maintain- scratches can easily be sanded out Grout may need to be resealed often Easy to maintain
Price $35/sq. ft. and up Usually runs higher than granite Prices vary based on color- many run higher than granite Prices vary Least expensive.