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3 Common Kitchen Counter-tops: Granite, Quartz and Solid Top

The counter-top is one of the most important components of your kitchen cabinets. After all, this is where you will do most of your food preparation so the material is super important. To decide on a suitable surface for your kitchen, you need to consider a few factors:

  • how often you cook
  • budget
  • living habits

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Once you’ve determined the above factors, choosing a suitable material will give you less of a headache. Here are 3 common materials available in the market today:

GRANITE QUARTZ SOLID SURFACE

100% natural: cut from quarries

Man made: made from 85% to 95% quartz (one of the hardest minerals in the world)

Man-made: made from acrylic or polyester

Every piece is unique in colour and pattern with a high polish finish.

Has a polished finish, and is consistent in terms of colour and pattern

Has a matt finish, and is consistent in terms of colour and pattern

Scratch resistant

Scratch resistant

More prone to scratches, but can be sanded out unless the scratches are very severe

Heat resistant

Heat resistant up to 205 °C

Not heat resistant, which means it tends to melt or warp when it comes into contact with hot items

Average resistance to stains

High resistance to stains

Excellent resistance to stains

Average resistance to chipping

High resistance to chipping

High resistance to chipping

Bacteria resistant

Bacteria resistant

Poor resistance as bacteria and moisture may accumulate in severe scratches

Needs to be sealed during installation and at least once every year

No sealing is required

No sealing is required

Suitable for people who do heavy cooking

Suitable for people who do heavy cooking

Great for people on a tight budget and don’t cook as much

Prices can be anywhere from $60 to $180 per foot run, depending on the brand

Prices can be anywhere from $120 to $190 per foot run, depending on the brand

Prices can be anywhere from $75 to $180 per foot run, depending on the brand

The above materials are relatively affordable compared to other stones like soapstone and marble. But if you have the budget and the taste for something different, you can even consider steel for your kitchen counter-top. After all, it should be something that you can live with for at least 5 years or more.


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