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Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface or Porcelain- Is there a clear WINNER?

Updated: Feb 20


With so many options for countertops out there, how do you decide what is best for you.


In this chart we breakdown all the elements in these products and the pros and cons in choosing a countertop material so you are prepared for your next big project or renovation to suit your lifestyle.




Materials:

Granite

Quartz

Solid Surface

Porcelain

Brand Name or supplies of:

​Organic from the earth

Technistone®

Corian® Hi-Macs® Krion® Staron®

​Xtone® or Dekton®

What is it?

100% natural stone, quarried from the earth

93% natural quartz manufactured with a 7% resin binder

55%-70% Alumina Trihydrate & 45%-30% resin

97% minerals, powdered stone based 3% inks, colouring pigments and auxiliary additives

Appearence?

Highly polished, honed or textured finish-each slab unique in colour and patterning

Various finishes honed, polished, matt and 'Terra'

Various finishes polish, matt, mirrored and uniform in colour and patterning

Various finishes, can print any kind of image onto this material

Heat Resistance?

Quite resistant to heat but can be affected by extreme changes in thermal exposure

Heat resistant, use trivets under hot pots, crock pots etc.

Heat resistant, use trivets under hot pots, crock pots etc.

Heat resistant, can withstand hot objects

Scratch Resistance?

Highly scratch resistant, exposure to harsh abrasives or equally hard materials could scratch granite

Highly scratch resistant

Scratch resistant, deeper scratches can be professionally repaired

Scratch resistant harder to repair when cracked NOT Homogenous!

Cleanliness?

Can be porous not completely anti-bacterial

Non-porous, anti-bacterial, NSF Certified (National Sanitation Foundation)

Non-porous, anti-bacterial, NSF Certified (National Sanitation Foundation) widely used in the health sector

Non-porous, anti-bacterial, can be used commerically

Fabrication?

May require seams, many edge options available

Seams typically tighter than granite, many edge options available

Seams will typically be inconspicuous, seamless integral backsplashes & sinks available

​Seams will typically be inconspicuous, difficult to fabricate

Maintenance?

Requires periodic sealing to prevent staining

Non-porous, no sealing necessary

Non-porous, no sealing necessary

Non-porous, no sealing necessary

Price?

Varies greatly by colour and availability

Comparable to a mid priced granite

Price is based on colour group

Expensive

At #dioritesurfaces we solely carry Quartz and Solid Surface material. Below are some of the brands we work with #himacs #krion #staron #corian & #technistone.




















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