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What are the Differences Between Granite and Solid Countertops?

by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen Remodel

Anyone looking into replacing their countertops will surely come across granite and solid ones. With the multitude of colors you get with either option, you can find the perfect counter for your style, perhaps one will make your cabinets stand out more or they’ll steal the show. Your countertops are in the spotlight when others are in your kitchen.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing, and it goes deeper than just looks. You might think one looks better than the other, but each material has their pros and cons. Below, let’s delve into how they compare. Keep in mind, these are in no particular order.

Price & Return on InGranitevestment

One of the first things to consider is the cost of the material per square foot. Obviously, the budget would dictate which countertop to choose. For solid surfaces, an average price could be $75-$100 per sq.ft., while granite’s average would be a bit higher at $100-$250 per sq.ft.

Along with the price going in, consider the cost coming out. Solid surfaces won’t increase the value, but the same can’t be said about granite. Granite is very sought after when selling your home because of how easily it can make a kitchen stand out from the rest. The cost spent originally can be made back and then some if you sell your home later.

Source Material

As pretty as a solid countertop can be, it is not natural like granite. Solid countertops are completely man-made, involving resins and filler material. A skilled artist might even recreate a countertop that looks like granite, which can be a bonus for you in the right situation. With solid countertops being man-made, it is less durable. It is easily installed though, which makes it easier to work with. Granite, on the other hand, cannot be a DIY project, as it has to be specifically cut to your cabinet’s angles and shape.

Scratches, Cracking and Stains

Due to their source material being so different, each has different blemishes that could arise. Solid material is softer than granite, creating a surface that is easier to scratch. Granite wouldn’t face any damage at the hands of a knife yet is more susceptible to cracking. Acid, however, affects both materials. It will stain both surfaces, but that is only a lifetime problem for granite. Any stains can be washed off the solid material.

Maintenance

Similar to being stain-resistant, a lot of other issues can be fixed easily for a solid surface countertop. Damage like dents and scratches simply must be buffed, with no sealer afterward. Granite is a material that must be sealed at least once a year to keep up appearances.

As for cleaning, the two countertops couldn’t be more different. You can use soap on both, but that’s all granite gets. Once a week, solid countertops should be cleaned with equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Daily, bleach and ammonia are safe to use if wanting to disinfect.

Durability & Heat Resistance

Either material is durable, but the quality is different. Solid countertops cannot handle much heat, facing damage if not protected. Unless it’s extreme, there are no restrictions on heat with granite. Unlike solid surfaces, granite is heat resistant and can last at least fifty years. Solid material isn’t very far behind, sometimes lasting thirty or more years if given proper heat protection.

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Kitchen Emporium: Your Source for Quality Countertops

There are many differences between the two countertops, and it’s still a tough choice. Either material is beautiful and long-lasting, completely changing the appearances of a kitchen. It’s not a light decision, and we understand that completely. That’s why we’re here to help. We know it can be scary to see all the options out there and have to pick just one, and we do our best to create exactly what you envision.

At Kitchen Emporium, we value customer service. We always want our customers to leave happier than they came in, offering excellent service at discounted prices. We’ve been doing business for 20 years in Southern California areas such as the San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos. We offer custom project designs and will make sure you get exactly what you envision. Stop by or call for a free estimate!