Whether it is a replacement or a brand-new kitchen countertop, one fundamental question stands out – Solid surface countertop or quartz countertop?
On the surface (pun intended), there are many types of countertops. However, quartz and solid surface reign as two of the best materials available in the market in terms of durability and cost effectiveness.
Now that the choice has been narrowed down to two, you are still left in a quandary – Which is right for you?
Read on below, as we weigh the pros and cons of both materials to ensure you get the very best for your kitchen.
Solid Surface Countertop
A solid surface countertop is either moulded acrylic, polyester-based, or a combination of the two.
The process creates a single seamless product that can fit most shapes and be custom-made to your specification. This allows for unique features like moulded sinks and integrated splash-backs.
When it comes to maintenance, it is simply a breeze! Solid surface is non-porous. Hence, you don’t need to worry about staining or built-up bacteria. A simple disinfectant wipe will keep your countertops squeaky clean and hygienic.
Unlike natural stone, the solid surface needs no sealants. Solid surface countertops also cost less than natural and manufactured stone, making it a viable option if you are on a budget.
However, the material isn’t without its flaws.
Although it can hold up to 100 degree Celsius of water boiling point, anything hotter than that may cause the countertop to warp and deform. You will need to be extremely careful when placing hot pans and boiling kettles directly onto solid surface kitchen countertops. The heat will damage the countertop leaving a hideous mark on it.
The solid surface countertop often has a natural finish but lacks the toughness of stone. If you’re not careful, it can be prone to chipping and scratches.
Chips can make cleaning harder as it traps dirt and moisture, while scratches will look unsightly and stand out like a sore thumb.
If one area takes too much damage, the entire countertop will need to be replaced.
Quartz is a premium material, made from 85-95% crushed quartz and a resin binder.
With its durability and natural appearance, quartz is often compared to granite. In fact, quartz is getting more popular with kitchen designers because of its polished finish, colour options, and ability to mimic the look of natural stones.
Quartz countertops are tougher than natural stone. Unlike solid surface, you don’t need to worry about chipping your quartz countertops. They are durable and scratch-resistant, coming in second to the diamond, sapphire, and topaz! That is almost indestructible!
Due to its non-porous nature, it needs no sealing. A simple wipe clean is enough to keep germs off your kitchen surfaces.
Quartz has a much higher heat resistance when compared to a solid surface. It can take heat up to 204 degree Celsius. This makes it well suited to be used near ovens without danger of warping and deforming. Nonetheless, here’s a word of advice: Use heating pads to prolong the lifespan of your countertops.
The colour of a quartz countertop comes from the resin used to bind it together. As a homeowner, you can customise the countertop to suit your preference. With better flexibility for the design and style, the selection process becomes easier.
Because of its premium qualities, quartz is more expensive than solid surface countertops. For those with a tight budget, it might not be the best option for a countertop.
Unlike solid surface, quartz is not seamless. If you are after a complex design, take care to ensure that there aren’t too many seams.
Solid Surface vs Quartz
Both materials create durable, sanitary and easy to clean countertops. With colors to match every style available for both, we have to look at the unique benefits to decide which is perfect for you.
If you need a seamless finish, or your budget won’t stretch to quartz, then a solid surface countertop is your best choice. Otherwise, the superior toughness and heat resistance of the more premium quartz outshines the other.
A premium product like quartz needs real experts to get the most out of your installation. At Aura Stone, we have the expertise needed to guide you through your decision making. Contact us to find out how we can make your kitchen dreams come true.