Solid Surface Vs. Natural Stone

Are you remodelling or renovating your kitchen and having trouble choosing between natural stone and solid surface countertops? Here’s a bit more information about these option to help you make your choice.

Composition

Natural stone countertops are solid slabs made of granite, marble, soapstone and other types of stone. They’re mined and cut into portions.

Solid surface countertops are composed of roughly two-thirds mineral dust with one-third binding products such as plastics or polymers. Pigments and other substances are also sometimes used to create specific effects.

Look

The colours and patterns of natural stone countertops can vary greatly from one slab to another. When you choose stone, you can be sure that you’re getting a one of a kind countertop. However, this means that if you require more than one slab, the veining and colours may be different.

Solid surface countertops are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. Because they’re manmade, the veining and colours are consistent throughout the whole counter. Furthermore, it can be moulded into almost any form, and when two pieces are necessary, the seams are fused together and undetectable.

Strength

Both natural stone and solid surface countertops are strong and durable. However, natural stone is more prone to chipping and cracking. When this happens, the damage is often permanent.

Solid surface can also scratch and crack, but unlike natural stone, it’s entirely possible to repair. Because the material is uniform all the way through, it can be sanded and refinished. And cracks and chips can be repaired and the seams refused.

Maintenance

All countertops require some maintenance, especially when they’re used every day. However, all that’s required on a daily basis is to wash it with water and a mild detergent, such as dish soap.

Most types of natural stone countertops are porous and can stain if not properly sealed. If you choose this material for your countertops, expect to apply a sealer every one to three years, depending on how you use it.

Solid surface countertops are non-porous, meaning they’re virtually maintenance free besides regular cleaning.

Custom Countertops in Alberta

Still not sure if natural stone or solid surface is the right choice for your new countertops? The experts at PF Custom Countertops can help. Contact us or drop by our showroom to find out why homeowners from Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park and St. Albert have trusted us for more than 40 years.

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