Deciding on the material to use for your kitchen and toilet counter tops may arguably the toughest task of designing your home! Well, that is usually the case if you are not yet well equipped with the facts of each potential material!

Here are the 4 types of materials that you may consider for your counter tops:

  • Cultured Stone
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Compressed Quartz

Allow us to briefly explain the pros and cons of each material below. For those in a rush, check out our comparison table as a form of a speed read!

Data from Test Results from Locally (Singapore) Accredited Laboratories    
  Flexuaral Strength Impact Test Water Absorption Rate Compressive Strength Freezing Compress Strength Cost Variety of Design
Solid Surface Not Tested, but Weak Not Tested, but Weak Not Tested, but Weak Not Tested, but Weak Not Tested, but Weak Cheapest May Look Unnatural
Natural Marble 60 kg/cm2 29 cm 0.55% 2161 kg/cm2 2082 Most Expensive Good Variety
Natural Granite 134 kg/cm2 61 cm 0.33% 1921 kg/cm2 1906 Economical Industrial Look
Compressed Quartz 515 kg/cm2 315 cm 0.02% 2200 kg/cm2 2082 Economical Good Variety
What You Can and Cannot do with Each Surface
  Cutting with a Knife Pour Acidic Substance Staining Resistance Need to Pay for Sealant Protection?
Solid Surface No, Not Scratch Resistant Not Resistant Poor. Stains are hard to clean. NO
Natural Marble No, Not Scratch Resistant Not Resistant Poor. Stains may seep into the body of the surface. YES. Once every 2 years.
Natural Granite Yes, a very hard material Not Resistant Yes. Better than Marble. YES. Once every 2 years.
Compressed Quartz Yes, a very hard material High Chemical Resistance Yes. Engineered to be highly resistant to stains. NO

 

Solid Surface:

An engineered material made of marble dust, acrylic, bauxite, and polyester resins. Solid surfaces are commonly used in mass market commercial establishments due to its economical cost and ability to be look seamless throughout.

However, it is not very durable and may appear to be worn out if not maintained and cleaned regularly. Solid Surface is not recommended for heavy duty usage.

 

Granite:

Granite possesses certain respectable properties of being solid, highly durable, stain resistant, heat resistant, non-porous, and scratch resistant.

Therefore, it is perfect for a kitchen or toilet counter top, as it can withstand the heat, scratches, and hard knocks associated with the preparation of food, or the spillage of toothpaste onto the surface of your toilet counter tops. Bundled with its good pricing, it is a very popular material to be used as a counter top.

However, Granite is often unable to satisfy the aesthetic requirements of the consumer. With a limitation in variety of colours, designs, and veins, consumers seeking a beautiful effect may be forced to explore other options.

 

Marble:

Marble is the most porous material out of the 4 options shown in this post. That being said, marble is extremely sensitive to certain chemicals such as household cleaners, wine, or tooth paste. A stain that is not wiped away immediately may cause a permanent stain. A good quality sealant may be applied to the surface of the counter top to prevent this, but it has to be applied once every two years to ensure minimal protection.

That being said, marble (and granite too), can always be renewed through polishing as it is a natural resource. However, such a process is often expensive and most owners do not wish to go through the trouble and pain of being overly careful and having to maintain the top so regularly.

While there are many set backs to using marble, it is still selected as an option because it is the most expensive material. Marble is also available in a huge variety of colours and design. Through technological advancements, Compressed Quartz have been created, which is the following material that we are going to cover.

 

Compressed Quartz:

Compressed Quartz is also known as engineered stone. It is man-made to achieve aesthetic beauty, while also being able to possess superb performance characteristics.

Compressed Quartz is hard and its properties surpass every property of Granite, Marble, or Solid Surface.

The only disadvantage of Compressed Quartz is that it cannot achieve a fully polished shine due to the resins introduced during its production.

Compressed Quartz counter tops are an excellent choice if you wish to have a surface that is  solid, highly durable, stain resistant, heat resistant, non-porous, and scratch resistant, while still being able to showcase amazing designs!

 

That’s all we have for today!

While Malford carries every material mentioned above, it is obvious that the clear winner is Compressed Quartz! Click here to check out our Quartz collection!

Thank you so much for reading this article! Do check back for more interesting facts on the materials we carry.

 

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