Stone and Solid Surface Countertops
In stone countertops, there are 2 general types. The first type are those of 100% natural stone like granite, soapstone, marble and various other niche products. These are naturally occurring stone that are quarried, cut into slabs and then cut to countertops and finished. The second type is an engineered product where the slabs are manufactured from a combination of materials depending on the product. For quartz, the slab is made of approximately 93% natural quartz stone and the remainder being coloring pigments and resin to form a solid slab in a manufacturing process.
Corian is also manufactured but is made in a process that is completely different from a quartz product. It is made exclusively from Dupont chemicals and colouring systems as they are original inventor of the Corian product.
Stone countertops have become increasingly popular over the past few years. While some products may be more affordable than they previously were, they all maintain a significant premium to laminates.
All the stone and solid surfaces come with their own unique benefits making some a more suitable choice in certain applications than others. However, it most often comes down to a personal choice based on your own style and what you find appealing in the range of colors available and which set of product benefits you find best suits your needs.
There are numerous resources available that outline the characteristics of granite , quartz, Corian, marble, soapstone and so on. We would be pleased to show you each and outline the differences between them and help you select which best fits in your situation.