Natural versus Solid Surface Countertops: Which is Best?

The kitchen countertop world has changed a lot since the days of faded laminate, with both natural and manmade solid surface countertops taking over the market. In this new world of such varied selection, picking a suitable lifetime companion can be tricky. How can you uncover the countertop solution that is right for your home or business?

Living up to the hype

Natural Versus Solid Surface Countertops: Which is Best?

In recent years, hype surrounding both natural and solid surface solutions has ebbed and flowed, with each surface touting its benefits over others. Famous TV and magazine designers have furthered these trends, peddling their latest countertop favorites with bold pictures, and making the possibility of finding your very own jewel among the markets varied countertop gems an ever more complicated experience. When it’s all said and done, however, your choice should boil down to countertop looks, function, and durability for the best value – namely, uncovering the treasure that will make your kitchen shine….

  • Construction: Natural options such as marble, quartzite, and granite slabs are hewn from the earth in large chunks, each piece unique in color and particle composition. Solid surface options such as quartz slabs, on the other hand, are manmade, comprised of a combination of about 94% quartz minerals bound with resins and colored with pigments. As the name implies, the surface is not coated like the laminates of yesteryear, but contains color all the way through.

  • Surface: In kosher, restaurant, and healthcare settings, solid surface quartz slabs shine, providing a non-porous surface that is naturally mold, mildew, and bacteria resistant. Prefer more natural countertop solutions like granite, by far the most popular natural stone countertop material for your home or business? Worry not. Despite their porous nature, the extremely tough, durable surfaces of natural stone are easily preserved with a simple annual sealer, providing a safe, long-lasting finish.

  • Care: Both natural and solid countertop surfaces are easily cared for with the help of a soft cloth and warm water or other pH neutral household cleaners.

  • Looks: Natural stones such as granite, marble, quartzite, and soapstone offer beautiful, unique variations. For those looking to achieve a look that can’t be matched elsewhere, these options are your ticket to success. On the flipside, for those looking for more uniform colors and textures, solid surface options take the cake, easily matching your design scheme with an array of colors and options, some of which mimic natural stone. Quartz slabs also offer added capability in providing a seamless look, courtesy of their consistent coloring.

There’s never been a better time to be in the market for a new counter top

It all boils down to there is no hands-down best option when it comes to countertops, because it comes down to budget, personal tastes and overall kitchen design. After that, it’s purchasing the slab from a reputable source through a fabricator who is also reputable. Granite Imports has a wide network of reputable, experienced fabricators with whom we work; and one of the largest selections of natural and solid surface countertops at our Denver, Fort Collins, or Grand Junction area showrooms. Contact us today to take some of the confusion out of your wide variety of stone choices.