Counter Top Materials

Surfaces Comparison

 

   Granite  

  SileStone®

Cambria  

CesarStone  

or
POLYSTONE

FormicaŽ
Laminate

 Stain Resistance

**

***

****

****

 Scratch Resistance

****

****

***

**

 Heat resistance

****

****

***

**

 Bacteria/Mold Resistance

**

***

****

****

 Renewable

Repairable

*

**

****

*

 Seamless Appearance

*

**

****

***

 Non-Porous

*

***

****

****

Limited Warranty

1 Year

10Year

15 Year

2 Year

Price Range

$39-$85/SF

$57-$97/SF

$37-$95/SF

$22-$37/SF

Sink Options

Undermount
Drop-in

Undermount
Drop-in

Undermount
Drop-in
Integrated

Drop-in

*=low  **=medium  ***=high ****= exceptional

Granite®

  • A natural product with timeless beauty that gives a unique pattern to every countertop
  • A variety of colors and patterns available
  • Unsurpassed perceived value
  • Heat and scratch-resistant
  • Porous and must be sealed with DuPont™ Stone Care Sealant to prevent staining
  • Limited warranty and a 1-year stain warranty


  • SileStone® or Cambria Quartz Solid Surface

  • Consistent color and pattern
  • Available in over 40 colors with various edge profiles
  • Stronger than granite and marble
  • Won't split or crack
  • Limited 15 year warranty

  • Click Here for SileStone Colors

    Hanex® or Polystone Acrylic Solid Surface

  • Seamless appearance
  • Available in a popular color palette
  • As strong as granite and marble
  • Can be cut and formed to create unique shapes and curves, complex edge details, custom drain boards and trivets
  • Nonporous and never needs to be sealed
  • Nicks and scratches are easy to buff away
  • Limited 10 year warranty

  • Click Here for HANEX Colors
    Click Here for POLYSTONE Colors
    Click Here for more information on solid surface care & maintenance

    Formica® Laminate

  • Perfect "starter surface"
  • Available in hundreds of colors with many different aesthetics and patterns
  • Nonporous and never needs to be sealed
  • Limited warranty

  • Click Here for the Formica Colors
    Click Here for Laminated Countertop care & maintenance

    Sink Options

  • Under-mount - Usually made of stainless steal and mounted to the under side of the counter top. Under-mount sinks are a very good option for solid surface and natural tops. (See Pictures bellow)


  • Drop-in (or Surface Mount) - Can be installed with any counter top. Made of many type of material. Sits on the surface of the counter top. (See pictures bellow)


  • Integrated - Made of a solid surface material and is "glued" to the underside of the counter top then routed sanded and finished to have a virtually seamless flow from the counter top to the sink basin. Integrated sinks are a very good option for solid surface tops. (See Pictures bellow)


  • Click Here for Sink Pictures


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