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Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison Chart

Counter Surfaces

Selecting a kitchen countertop surface can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you with the process. If you’d like to learn about what kitchen countertop surface is best for your needs, call us to arrange a consultation. We have a wide range of samples that can help ease your decision.

SURFACE PROS CONS
Granite 100% natural stone; every piece is unique, extremely resistant to heat and very scratch resistant Requires seams and may need periodic sealing
Marble No two slabs are alike and handles heat More porous than granite so it can scratch and stain (nail polish, liquid make-up etc.)
Soapstone Extremely durable natural surface; no staining, heat, resistant and nonporous. Considered the most environmentally safe countertop with no chemicals used for finishing. Available in matte or polished To keep the finish and darkness consistent, you do have to oil it quite often. Limited color selection.
Solid Surface Man-made of acrylic or polyester plastics; nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria-growth. Seams are almost undetectable and scratches or chips can be repaired. Can discolor or become damaged when exposed to extreme heat; also can scratch and chip
Quartz Made with 85-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder. Nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria growth. More durable than solid surface and won’t scratch or chip. Heat-resistant (up to 400F). Seams can divide to trap dirt and bacteria

Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Countertop

Choose the Right Countertop

Choosing the right countertop is a big decision when renovating your kitchen or bath. While you might be influenced by price or looks, understanding a surface’s durability and maintenance requirements are just as important. Check out our quick reference guide:

FINISH PROS  CONS
Granite  100% natural stone; every piece is unique, extremely resistant to heat and very scratch resistant Requires seams and may need periodic sealing
Marble No two slabs are alike and handles heat More porous than granite so it can scratch and stain (nail polish, liquid make-up etc.)
Soapstone Extremely durable natural surface; no staining, heat, resistant and nonporous. Considered the most environmentally safe countertop with no chemicals used for finishing. Available in matte or polished To keep the finish and darkness consistent, you do have to oil it quite often. Limited color selection.
Solid Surface Man-made of acrylic or polyester plastics; nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria-growth. Seams are almost undetectable and scratches or chips can be repaired. Can discolor or become damaged when exposed to extreme heat; also can scratch and chip.
Quartz Made with 85-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder. Nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria growth. More durable than solid surface and won’t scratch or chip. Heatresistant (up to 400F). Seams can divide to trap dirt and bacteria.

Need more help? Our design team specializes in bathroom and kitchen renovation and can assist with everything from space planning to finishing touches.

Quick Reference Guide to Faucet Finishes

There’s more than what meets the eye when you are looking for the perfect kitchen or bathroom faucets and accessories. We’ve put together this handy reference guide to help you determine which faucet finishes would work best for your home.

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FAUCET FINISHES PROS CONS
Chrome Very popular, most inexpensive Spots
Polished Nickel Also popular – has a warmer finish Spots, harder to find matching accessories
Brushed Nickel One of the most durable finishes. Doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints Doesn’t give the shiny impact of chrome or polished nickel
Stainless Steel No plating, long lasting Can scratch and rust
Oil Rubbed Bronze Easy to clean and match accessories More expensive and not as popular

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FAUCET FINISHES PROS CONS
Brass Easy to clean and match accessories More expensive and not as popular
Satin Brass Elegant unique look that doesn’t show spots or fingerprints Harder to find and more expensive
Copper Great antibacterial properties. Will develop beautiful patina over time Very hard to find and match accessories
Satin Bronze Is a nice alternative to copper that offers a softer look than oil rubbed bronze but can be used with similar finishes Very expensive and harder to find accessories
Matte Black Easy to clean, doesn’t show dirt Hard to find accessories

(Faucet images credit: Ferguson.com)

Need more help? Our design team specializes in bathroom renovation and can assist with everything from space planning to finishing touches. We also have additional information on the Resources section of our website.