Granite vs. solid surface countertops

The two most widely used kitchen countertop materials are granite and solid surface countertops. Each comes with certain benefits, maintenance and aesthetic role to play.
Granite Countertop

  • Granite countertops are 100% natural stone unearthed from the earth. Stones like Feldspar, quartz, mica are various forms of granite.
  • It is heat and scratch resistant. Minor scratches can be fixed easily.
  • Granites are porous in nature and may require periodic sealing to avoid staining. Daily maintenance includes washing with a pH cleanser and wiping spills immediately.
  • Granite countertops may require seams and comes with several edge profiles that can be expensive.
  • Since every piece unearthed has a different color and pattern, no two slabs can look the same, thus giving a unique design to your kitchen. This granite can be polished.
  • Granite comes in different price range.
  • It does not come with a warranty unless provided by the installer.
  • Solid Surface Countertop
  • Solid Surface Countertops are man-made, a blend of acrylic or polyester plastic is stuck together with colorants. When heated, the resin turns liquid and the counter can be fashioned into any desired shape.
  • Since it is nonporous, it does not need any sealing and can be washed with any cleanser.
  • It is seamless, therefore, countertops can be installed properly, leaving no crevices for bacteria to breed. Unlike granite, this material is FDA approved for food preparation.
  • It comes in uniform color and pattern. If you do not like a variation or solid color, solid surface countertops can lend a simple look.
  • Scraps from cutouts can be joined together for a backsplash or another countertop. It is more economical than granite once the edge profile and cutouts are done.
  • It is not radioactive, unlike some natural stones and does not have asbestos.
  • Hot pans can melt, break or surface can get discolored.
  • It is prone to deep scratches, dirt and moisture can easily settle down. Scratches can be easily sanded. A damage or an entire section can be cut out or replaced easily. If you are planning to sell your house, the top can be re polished to look new.
  • Prices can vary based on colors, which can be expensive than granite countertops.
  • It comes with a warranty.

Contact a granite countertop contractor to help you decide between granite and solid surface countertops.

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