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Home Renovation Tips: Granite vs. Quartz vs. Solid Surface

One of the big items people need to consider as they plan their renovations is the materials they're going to use for things like countertops, cabinets, showers, backsplashes, and more.


While there are SO many different materials to consider, we thought we'd shine the spotlight on three of the most popular countertop materials and go over some of their pros and cons. (We'll highlight other materials in future posts.)


Let's get to it.


Granite, which is quarried directly from the earth, has been a staple in kitchens for a while now. People love the look and feel of granite countertops, and there is a lot to love. Of course, some of the pros could be considered cons, depending on your point of view.

Pros:pros and cons of granite vs quartz vs solid surface

  • All-natural stone, just the way Mother Nature intended
  • No two slabs look alike, so what you're getting will truly be one-of-a-kind
  • Strong and durable, so it's built to last


  • No two slabs look alike -- yes, you could view this as a flaw, especially if you fall in love with a sample at your local kitchen and bath store, but you end up with something that looks quite different once it's installed
  • Porous stone, so it requires sealing in order to prevent the harboring of germs and bacteria
  • Can't hide seams


Quartz has been gaining traction in recent years. In fact, quartz has edged out granite once again in Consumer Reports' rating of countertop materials in its annual "Kitchen Planning Guide" (but it was a close fight!). Quartz is a combination of crushed quartz crystals, resin, and pigment.



  • Non-porous, so it is 100% hygienic and doesn't require sealing
  • Color consistent -- what you see in the store is what you can expect to get in your home
  • Strong and durable


  • Colors can fade over time when exposed to direct sunlight
  • Can't hide seams


Solid Surface


DuPont created the first Solid Surface brand (Corian) decades ago, but now you can find many manufacturers of this material, which is a combination of acrylic and color pigment.



  • Non-porous material, so it's hygienic and doesn't require sealing
  • Easier to fabricate custom designs
  • Say goodbye to seams


  • 100% man-made material (which can be considered a con for those folks who appreciate 100% natural)
  • Not scratch resistant

Choosing a countertop material is a personal choice. Get something you love and that fits in well with your lifestyle. And, of course, if you or someone you know is thinking about a kitchen renovation, we hope you contact us.

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