- Natural stone (granite, quartzite, soapstone, marble) is exactly what the name implies, literally a stone quarried from the earth in block form that is then cut into slabs for countertops.
- Natural stone comes in a dizzying array of colors, finishes and price points; from all over the globe. Each slab is truly unique and has its own unique characteristics.
- Most natural stones require a sealer be applied to prevent staining. This is a simple process (spray and wipe) and can be done annually in a few minutes.
- Natural stone is inherently scratch and heat resistant.
- Seams are visible in a natural stone top.
- Natural stone can be used both indoors and out.
- Quartz is a countertop product manufactured from approx. 93% natural quartz and 7% resin binder.
- Quartz is available in a wide range of colors from a variety of brands such as Cambria, LG Viatera, Silestone, Wilsonart, etc.
- Compared to natural stone, your average quartz countertop is generally going to cost slightly more.
- However, exotic natural stone colors can be priced quite a bit higher than quartz.
- Quartz is stain-resistant and does not require sealing, ever.
- Quartz cannot take direct heat from a dish or pan hot from the oven or stove’s surface. Trivets should always be used. Heat damage is not covered in any manufacturer’s warranties.
- Seams are visible in a Quartz countertop, no different than Natural Stone.
- Quartz is not recommended for exterior use in direct sunlight.
- Porcelain slabs are made from clay that is fired at a high temperature.
- Porcelain is non-porous which makes it stain-resistant. Sealing is never required.
- Porcelain can be used both indoors and out.
- The slabs are available in a large format allowing for large islands and shower walls.
- Get the look of the high-end marble that you love without the price tag.
- Seams are visible in a Porcelain countertop, no different than Natural Stone or Quartz.