Since you’ve been searching for the perfect countertop for your project, you might still be scratching your head when it comes to choosing between quartz and solid surface countertops. Although both offer great value, their differences are distinct. While quartz competes more closely with granite and solid surface countertops with laminate, both materials are more durable and affordable than their competitors.
Keep reading to learn about quartz and solid surface countertops, and their pros and cons to help you decide which would be best for your project.
Created using 93-95% crushed quartz with the remaining 5-7% being natural pigments and resin binders, quartz countertops offer a solution to your project that provides the look and feel of granite without the regular maintenance. Exceeded in toughness and durability only by diamond, sapphire, and topaz, natural quartz won’t scratch and is highly durable.
Quartz countertops provide a smooth, non-porous surface with a shiny finish. Additionally, these countertops are heat resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 400°F without a problem.
Pros of Quartz Countertops
- Highly durable and scratch-resistant.
- Non-porous and very sanitary. Quartz countertops won’t carry bacteria and are easily cleaned. They are also stain resistant so juices or wines won’t threaten your countertop.
- Abundant color and pattern options to meet the individual buyer’s desires.
- Heat resistant up to 400°F.
Cons of Quartz Countertops
- More expensive than solid surface. These countertops cost about $70-75 per square foot and higher, depending on the color and brand. Prices can vary so always shop around.
- Seams in quartz countertops will be seen and felt, which can build up dirt and debris.
Solid Surface Countertops
Created from acrylic and/or polyester resins, solid surface countertops are man-made and are a much more durable countertop than its biggest competitor, laminate. Although solid surface countertops can chip and get scratched, any minor damages are easily repaired.
The solid surface countertop is typically uniform in color and pattern and is supplied with a matte finish. These countertops offer an affordable and attractive solution to homeowners.
Pros of Solid Surface Countertops
- Virtually maintenance free.
- The surface appears seamless
- Durable and sanitary.
- Minor damage or scratches can be easily serviced and fixed.
- More affordable per square foot than quartz countertops.
- An abundance of color choices.
Cons of Solid Surface Countertops
- Not 100% scratch-resistant.
- Doesn’t stand up as well to extremely high temperatures.
By examining the pros and cons of both quartz and solid surface countertops, you will be able to make a better decision for your unique project. Both quartz and solid surface countertops are excellent choices for homeowners and have the durability to bring you and your family years of enjoyment.
Which type of countertop do you think would work best for you? Call us today at 330-837-2216, or contact us here to discuss your needs.