Countertop Materials: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Countertop Materials Rock Tops Fabrication

With there being so many countertop materials to choose from, it makes sense that homeowners don’t always instinctively know what may be the best choice for them.

With there being so many countertop materials to choose from, it makes sense that homeowners don’t always instinctively know what may be the best choice for them. For that reason, today, we’re going to provide a transparent guide on choosing particular countertop materials, looking at the pros and the cons. 

The Pros and Cons of Granite

Granite is the top choice for any room with heavy traffic due to its durability. The only actual con to granite or any natural stone countertop is that you must seal the surface. You also most likely want to opt for rounded corners regardless of what material you choose. Rounded edges prevent chipping and hazards. 

The Pros and Cons of Quartz

Quartz is a non-porous engineered stone. It’s a blend of stone chips, resin, and pigments. Like quartz, this material works well in any room with a lot of traffic, making it ideal for commercial establishments or any place where durability is necessary. It can mimic natural stone with its variety of colors and styles. Plus, you don’t have to seal this material! The only con is that if you’re a person that doesn’t like for your countertop to look too perfect, uniformed, or without unique veining, quartz will most likely not be the best option for you. 

The Pros and Cons of Recycled Glass Countertop Materials

We offer Icestone and Vetrazzo recycled countertops. Recycled glass countertops work best if you’re going for a contemporary look, and of course, if you prefer to make an Eco-friendly choice. Recycled glass countertops are heat and scratch resistant, but you have to be careful about stains. You also want to be gingerly with any surface made of glass so that it doesn’t chip. 

Compact Surfaces

Neolith and Dekton are the two compact surfaces that we offer. Compact surfaces, in particular Dekton, refer to a combination of quartz, glass, and porcelain. They are both resin-free and environmentally-friendly. Compact surfaces do not require sealing. Dekton countertops are heat and stain-resistant, but be careful about placing heavy objects onto compact surfaces. 

The Pros and Cons of Marble

Marble is a classic and elegant option. Although it’s contrary to popular belief, it is possible to polish out small nicks and scratches on marble countertops. However, marble is a material that is best as a display. For bathrooms and kitchens with a lot of traffic, we don’t recommend using this material. 

Which one of these countertop materials do you think would suit your fancy? If it’s time for a new kitchen or bathroom countertop, reach out to us today! 


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