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Counertop Comparison

Material Advantages Disadvantages

Laminates (Formica)
Made of synthetic material, a thin layer of plastic that is glued to particle board or wood.

Acrylic or Polyester Plastic (Corian etc.)

Unlike laminates acrylic and polyester plastics are homogenous throughout the material. They come in polished or matte finish. Often more expensive than granite.

arrowLow cost

arrowNumerous colors

arrowEasy upkeep

arrowStain resistant

arrowSeamless

arrowMany colors

arrowEasy to clean

arrowScratches easily

arrowNot heat resistant

arrowWrapping occurs from prolonged wetting

arrowHard to be repaired once chipped.

arrowScratches easily

arrowHot pots melt surface

arrowExpensive

arrowPlastic unnatural appearance

arrow Synthetic material

Tile

Tile countertops come in an arrangement of sizes from 1 inch to 24 inches. Average handy homeowner can install it.

arrowStain resistant

arrowHeat resistant

arrowScratch resistant

arrowEndless patterns and designs

arrowNot a smooth surface

arrowChips easily

arrowTiles have grout lines that must be cleaned regularly so they don’t stain or trap harmful bacteria

Concrete
Made of cement, sand, pigment and other additives such as fiber enforcement and acrylic,

The counters can be pre-cast to fit a mold or cast on site.

arrowTextured look

arrowEasy to be shaped

arrowHeat resistant

arrowMust be sealed properly to resist stains and water damage

arrowNeeds occasional waxing to prevent stains

arrowCutting on it will leave marks

Engineered Stone (Zodiac, Quartz, Silestone, etc.)

Made of natural quartz, sands, epoxy resin and pigments. Product that tries to simulate granite, marble or travertine.

arrowAvailable in a variety of colors

arrowScratch resistant

arrow Uniform pattern

arrowVery controversial regarding hazardous. toxins that are thought to be omitted during fabrication

arrowFairly new and hasn’t stood through the test of time specific ally for scratches and stains

arrowTolerate moderate temperatures only for a brief time

arrowCosts more than granite  

Granite

Made entirely of natural materials, mass of magma or mollen rock. Granite is the most durable, chip and scratch resistant material. Granite is easy to clean and maintain and become affordable. No other material lasts longer or looks more elegant

arrowHeat and scratch resistant

arrowStain resistant if sealed properly

arrowLow maintenance

arrowExtremely hygienic

arrowWide selection of colors and patterns

arrowNatural

arrowSealing is recommended for maintenance once a year. This prevents potential stains from oil and wine

arrowHard surface, if you drop a glass would break

arrowGranite does not have a uniform pattern or color. The patterns occur naturally but are considered to be part of the beauty of stone

Stainless Steel

Sheet metal is mounted to a plywood and usually reinforced with sound deadening coating.

arrowHeat proof

arrowStain resistant

arrowEasy-to-clean

arrow Hygienic

arrowCan scratch easily

arrowOver time it will dent

arrowShows fingerprints and water spots

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