Article provided by: Sprovieri's Custom Counters
When it comes to the perfect kitchen countertop material, solid surface, and quartz have become the most prominent options for most people. They are both wonderful alternatives to natural stone countertops, which have major drawbacks. Most people find it difficult to make up their minds about which of the two to choose for their kitchen solution. This is normally because they lack adequate knowledge of solid surface countertops vs. quartz countertops. Both materials have their merits and demerits and your choice will ultimately depend on your budget and preferences. However, we have put this article together to assist you in making an informed decision.
What are the similarities between solid surface countertops vs. Quartz countertps?
Solid surface countertops and quartz countertops are both artificial kitchen countertops. They both look great, perform well, and have heat resistance capacity. From a distance, they look strikingly similar. They are also easy to maintain when compared to stone countertops, and they have been found to last longer than many other materials.
What are the differences?
While solid surface and quartz countertops are similar in many ways, there are key differences you need to know about before deciding on the right one for you. These key differences are:
How they are made
Solid surface countertops are made by heating acrylics or polyester-based plastics until they melt, before being poured into a mold. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are made by mixing up to 93% natural quartz stone with polymer resins and pigments.
Solid surface countertops and quartz countertops look very similar when they are of the same color, pattern, and finish. When you observe carefully, you will notice that quartz often has a high-gloss finish that appears polished while solid surface countertops appear a little duller with a low sheen. There are highly polished solid surface countertops, but they are quite rare and pricier.
In terms of performance, solid surface countertops and quartz countertops are better than natural stone. There are differences between the two, however. Solid countertops may not perform as great as quartz when it comes to heat resistance and scratch resistance. They may scratch and be stained when abused, but both problems can be taken care of with an abrasive pad.
Both types of countertops require professional installation to look great and perform optimally. If you are looking for the one you can do yourself, solid surface countertops are your best bet. This is because they can be cut with power saws and routers a regular DIY-enthusiast can find. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, require special tools. It is almost impossible to install them by yourself.
Prices of solid surface countertops and quartz countertops are very similar. Depending on the style and the color of materials, you will find that the prices are almost the same. Installation costs may vary, however.
Are you interested in installing the best solid surface kitchen countertops? Contact Sprovieri’s Custom Counters for a free quotation and design help on 630-543-3400.