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Type

Advantages

Disadvantages

Granite
Natural
product
  • Wide range of colours and patters
  • Heatproof
  • Waterproof
  • Can be used with undermount sinks
  • Most Granite needs sealing but ours has a 25 year stain free warranty
  • Can look institutional
  • Can be noisy
  • Hard on breakables and knives
  • Needs to be sealed
Quartz
Silestone, Cambria, Caesartone, Hanstone, LG
  • Stain resistant
  • No sealers required
  • Very difficult to scratch
  • Joints are inconspicuous
  • Ten year warranty
  • Only diamond or precious stone is harder than Quartz
  • High polished look like Granite
  • Hard on breakables and knives
  • Can be noisy
  • Need to use trivets to prevent cracks from thermo shock
Solid Surfacing
(Corian®, Infinity, Staron, Earthstone, Gibraltar)
  • Invisible seams
  • Can be repaired
  • Waterproof, so it can be used with undermount sinks
  • Integral sinks available made of solid surfacing
  • Hygienic
  • Ten year warranty
  • Hot pots can damage surface – must use trivet
  • Can scratch but is repairable
  • Non shiny look
Laminate
(Formica, Arborite, Wilsonart, Pionite)
  • Hundreds of colour choices
  • Inexpensive
  • No warranty
  • Hot pans and knives will damage surface
  • Damages can not be repaired
  • Can’t use under mount sinks
  • Not water resistant on seams
Stainless Steel
  • Heatproof and waterproof
  • Can be used with under mount sinks
  • Won’t fade, rust or chip
  • Can dent, scratch,
  • Shows water marks and mineral deposits
  • Noisy
Tile
  • Wide variety of colours and patterns
  • Heatproof and waterproof
  • Grout lines trap food, dirt and stains
  • Noisy
  • Hard on breakables
  • Not hygienic
Wood
  • Beautiful when new
  • Great for chopping and knives
  • Scratches can be sanded out
  • Not heatproof or waterproof
  • Needs to be oiled
  • Spilled foods can stain
  • High maintenance