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Solid Surface, Engineered Stone or Granite?
Information on Choosing the Surface that is Right for You

Solid Surface Facts

  • Solid surface products are generally made of 90% acrylic or polyester and 10% resin and pigment. There are also some that are 100% acrylic.
  • Minor surface abrasions can be easily removed with a slight sanding with an extra-fine grit sand paper or Scotch Bright pad. Use mild soap and water for everyday cleaning. Do not chop or drop sharp edged objects directly onto countertop.
  • Solid surface is approved by the National Sanitation Federation (NSF) for meeting food preparation standards in both food and splash zones. It is non-porous and therefore will not support the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
  • Solid surface is moderately resistant to heat. This means direct exposure to high temperatures will likely damage the surface but scorch marks can easily be removed by the consumer. Solid surface’s inconspicuous seams are also potential heat hazards and the use of a cutting board or other heat displacement device is recommended when using a crock-pot. It is also recommended to use trivets or hot pads to protect the surface.
  • Due to solid surface’s non-porous surface it will not stain and this has been extensively tested with a variety of substances from iodine to permanent marker.
  • Solid surface cannot be compared to natural stone for strength or hardness, but it can for durability. Solid surface countertops will last a lifetime and maintain a like new appearance with normal everyday use. It has inconspicuous seams and therefore appears to be one large piece of material. The product is solid and consistent in color its entire length, width and depth.
  • All the solid surface manufacturers carried at Classic Marble Design carry a minimum of a 10-year Warranty. (Varies per Manufacturer)
  • Solid surface can range in price from $33.00 - $68.00 per square foot installed. Price varies depending on brand, edge and color selection. Prices are estimates only and a subject to change. Please see a sales specialist for an exact quote.

Engineered Stone Facts

  • Engineered stone is composed of approximately 93% quartz and 7% resin and pigment.
  • Engineered stone is carefree and requires no sealing, buffing, polishing or reconditioning. Just wipe clean with soap and water and the stone naturally maintains its luster.
  • Since engineered stone is manufactured, any variance in product to sample is nominal.
  • Engineered stone is approved by the National Sanitation Federation (NSF) for meeting food preparation standards because it is non-porous and does not support the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew. It is certified for both Splash Zone and Food Zone preparation.
  • Engineered stone is resistant to direct heat exposure up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is structurally more resilient to heat than any other stone, including granite. However, all stone can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges. Therefore, it is recommended to use trivets or hot pads.
  • Due to engineered stone’s non-porous surface it will not stain. It has been tested against stains such as wine, food color, fruit juices, liquid food coloring, tea, grapes, paints, nail polish and remover, and permanent markers.
  • Engineered stone is scratch resistant and will not be harmed by even the finest cutlery. Engineered stone is a 7 in strength on Moh’s hardness scale (a diamond is a 10, natural granite is a 5). Engineered stone is more resilient to surface damage than any other stone, including granite. However, all stone can be damaged by excessive force or pressure. Generally, only diamonds and quartz itself will scratch engineered stone.
  • All engineered stone manufacturers offer a minimum of a 10-year Warranty. Cambria does come with a lifetime warranty.
  • Price of installed engineered stone can range from $53.00-$90.00 per square foot. Price is affected by number of cut outs, field seams, and color and edge selection. Price range is gross estimation and subject to change. Our sales specialist can determine an exact price based on individual preferences.

Granite Facts

  • Generally, 80% of granite is composed of three main minerals: feldspar, quartz and mica.
  • Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. However, once or twice a year a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed. Granite is a very porous surface, and without a penetrating sealer it is likely to absorb moisture which can increase the likelihood of staining and bacterial growth.
  • Since all granite is made by nature, no two slabs are the same, requiring careful inspection of each slab. It can be difficult to guarantee color consistency. This also makes it difficult to match other granite already installed-mostly dark colors, no whites.
  • Granite is not approved by the National Sanitation Federation (NSF) for meeting food preparation standards because it is highly porous and absorbs moisture. This means potential for mold, mildew and bacterial growth exists.
  • Granite is Heat resistant. However, stone can potentially be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges.
  • Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top will not leave a stain if wiped up immediately. However, water, wine and grape juice can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.
  • Granite’s composition is inconsistent. Because of the proportions of granite’s mineral vary within each slab, strength also varies. Those with a higher percentage of quartz are stronger. When tested, granite cracked at 3414 pounds. On Moh’s scale of hardness, where a diamond is a 10, granite is a 5.
  • Once installed, there is NO WARRANTY on granite.
  • Granite can range from $60-$90 per square foot installed. Price is affected by number of cutouts, edge and color selection. Visit with our sales staff to determine an exact price for your kitchen. Prices are subject to change.
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