FROM DESIGN TO DETAILS: Pros and Cons of Four Popular Kitchen Surfaces

Vertical view of squeezer on countertop in luxury kitchenCountertops are an essential part of any kitchen’s form and function. Kitchen surfaces need to be sturdy enough to handle everyday use, while being subtle and stylish enough to remain fresh for years. There is a wide range of options to choose from if you are a homeowner looking to upgrade, renovate or create the perfect kitchen. Here at Stoneworks, we specialize in granite, quartz, onyx and marble. Read on for a summary of the pros and cons of using each product for your next kitchen countertop.

GRANITE
In countertops and building materials, the full selection of ‘granite’ surfaces actually consists of many hard and semi-porous igneous stones. Selected for their granite-like properties, these stone types provide a consistent product available in all prices, colours and qualities.

Pros

  • Wear-, heat- and bacteria-resistant
  • Thousands of colours and styles
  • Rarely needs sealing

Cons

  • Heavy impact can crack surface
  • Stone cleaner should be used often
  • Prone to stains

QUARTZ
To manufacture quartz into countertops, it first must be mined, crushed into crystals and then pressed into form. Once the quartz is molded, resin is added– hardening and strengthening the finished product. Colour is also added, allowing for a highly customizable, yet durable kitchen surface.

Pros

  • Wear-, stain-, bacteria- and acid-resistant
  • Does not require sealant or cleaner
  • Consistent, even appearance

Cons

  • High-end range is extremely costly
  • Heavier than some products
  • Matte finish can appear dull

ONYX
Highly attractive, yet somewhat fragile– onyx is a kitchen surface choice for those with discerning taste. Onyx is extremely diverse: each slab is unique and boasts deep colouring, irregular striping or banding and a subtle translucence that captures and diffuses light. A striking centerpiece in any kitchen, onyx countertops will reflect positively on any homeowner, homebuilder or contractor.

Pros

  • Unique colours and accents
  • Translucence creates depth and enhances lighting effects
  • Smaller and less heavy than other products

Cons

  • Fragile
  • Vulnerable to wear, acid and cleaning agents
  • Special cleaner and regular sealing required

MARBLE
Marble is usually a metamorphic rock– a combo of two existing forms of stone– that occurs in nature, but the term can encompass other crystallized minerals used in construction (ie: limestone). Regardless of a marble product’s geologic origins, when used for home surfaces it always provides a classic style and pleasant aesthetic.

Pros

  • Diverse colours and styles
  • Look is both natural and classical
  • Heat-resistant

Cons

  • Regular sealing required
  • Easily scratched
  • Difficult to repair
  • Vulnerable to acid

THE VERDICT
No matter your preference, Stoneworks has the right stone for your next kitchen surface install or upgrade. From hyper-durable quartz and granite to more delicate alternatives like marble and onyx, you are free to choose which material will anchor your kitchen for years to come. Visit or contact us today to consult with one of our stone specialists– we will listen to your needs and customize the perfect product for you and your kitchen.

 

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