Stone Information Chart
Granite VS Quartz
What is the difference between Quartz, Granite, Laminate, Corian & Marble?
We get asked a lot about the diference between granite countertops and engineered “man-made” stone products such as Hanstone, Zodiaq, Ceasarstone, and Silestone (to name a few of the more popular brands out there)
Quartz – Engineered countertops are generally referred to as “Quartz” tops and these products are a mixture of ground quartz, a colouring agent, and bonding resin. The different colours and styles are all determined by the manufacturing process.If you go with quartz, you will probably have a more even colour pattern on your countertops than you would with granite.
Granite – Granite is a naturally occurring stone found all over the world. The uniqueness in the types of granite countertops that you may buy is due to regional variations, diferent types of granite, and diferent methods of polishing the stone. Granite is a tough rock, which is why it is used so often in engineering and construction. If you choose granite for your countertops, you will likely see random veining and uneven colour patterns. Some people like that it is so natural, while others do not.
Laminate – Laminate countertops are made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard to create a solid countertop surface. These countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of granite.
Corian – Corian is a brand name for acrylic countertops and/or solid surface. Staron is also another brand name of a solid surface countertop. Composed of solid resin, which is a hard, plastic like surface. They range in prices and can mimic marble or granite looks or solid colours.
Marble – Marble is softer and more porous than the nearly indestructible granite, and so it can etch, scratch and stain in a way that granite usually won’t. If you are OK with countertops looking a bit scratched up, and developing an old word European look and patina over the years, then marble may be for you. If you want them perfectly glossy all the time, then perhaps not. Also, honed / texturing marble countertops (the more matte, less shiny finish that comes from abrading the stone) can be much more kitchen-friendly.