Comparison Chart

Countertop Materials

- Laminate -
Man Made Product consisting of particle board with a 1/16th manmade plastic laminated over the particle board substrate. Laminate is very stain resistant. However, laminate does not withstand scratching and marks from cutting on the surface. It is not heat resistant and does not hold up well to the test of time.

- Solid Surface ≠
An advanced composite, created from mineralsand pigments blended with acrylic polymer. It is extremely difficult to permanently damage. Since the color and pattern of solid surface run through itís entire thickness, it is renewable. Scratches, nicks, and cuts are easily removed with an abrasive cleaner. More serious damage can usually be repaired to a like new appearance.

- Quartz ≠
Natural quartz, one of the strongest elements in nature is non porous and never needs sealing, it does not catch food residue and bacteria as easily. It cleans with just a moist cloth. Quartz surfaces resist damage from heat, cold, food, acids, caustic wine spills and evevn knife scratches. Quartz finishes also include honed natural finishes and marble like textures.

- Granite -
The most durable architectural building stone. This igneous rock is comprised mainly of quartz, graphite mica and other materials. The ever increasing popularity of this stone is a testament to its beauty, versitility, and consistency. Granite is used in a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. Ideal for floors, walls, and especially countertops. Exterior applications include pavers and wall cladding. Granite is quarried world wide with the most exotic colors coming from Brazil, India, Finland and South America. New quarries are discovered each year further enhancing color choices and keeping pricing in check. Be sure to check out our StoneSelect Granite tab to look for a color stone that interests you. Also if you have a wood species and color in mind and want to match it up with a granite color, be sure to check out our interactive kitchen.

- Marble -
This product is processed from blocks that are quarried all over the world. The metamorphic rock is comprised primarily of calcium carbonate and other materials that create a wide variety of colors. Applications include floor tiles, vanities, fireplaces, columns, steps, thresholds, and windowsills.

- Limestone -
A sandy sedimentary rock formed close to the earth's surface and often captures fossilized plant and animal life. Similar to marble and granite, limestone is processed for a wide range of interior and exterior building applications, including floor tiles, wall tiles, vanities and other surfaces, fireplaces, columns, water tables, steps, thresholds and windowsills. Limestone can be polished to a high gloss finish, but is more commonly known for its hones(mate), tumbles(antique or acid washed) and natural (split face or rough) finishes. Limestone is typically found in more neutral tones.

- Travertine -
Mostly known for its porosity, it is comprised primarily of calcium carbonate. Slabs and tiles are cut from blocks with the veining (regular cut) or across the veining (cross cut). Processors of this material will market the stone as is, with the holes for a more rustic or antique look. Filling the holes with a tinted epoxy and hone or polish the surface will achieve a solid surface effect. The stone is used in a wide range of interior and exterior building applications, including floor tiles, wall tiles, vanities and other surfaces, fireplaces, columns, water tables, steps, thresholds, and windowsills.

- Slate -
A fine-grained metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth surfaced layers . The most common building applications for this material are floor, wall and roof tiles as well as fireplace surrounds. Tiles can be split and cut-to-size with only the natural cleft surface, or manufacturers will add value by calibrating the material to ensure a consistent thickness throughout the piece.

- Soapstone -
Soapstone consists of mineral deposits created by nature and quarried from the earth. The main mineral components include talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnetite. These minerals provide for a warm, soft feeling to the touch. Because of its unparralleled heat retention characteristics, soapstone traditional uses include fireplace hearths, sinks, countertops and even wood stoves.

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