AMC Wisconsin

Fabricators of contemporary stone surfaces

Which Countertop Material is Best For Me?

The best countertop for your kitchen or bath is the one that you like, the one that fits your lifestyle and your budget.

The choice of the type of material you want for you countertop is a very important decision, but whichever way you go, don’t worry, it will be the right one, as long as you find the color that you want in your kitchen.

Nowadays, quartz and granite surfaces have similar features like stain, scorch and scratch resistance, easy cleaning, maintenance-free and no need to seal. 

Quartz 

Quartz countertops are very hard and non-porous, so they are highly stain resistant.  Because of the quartz content, they are extremely hard and durable.  You can find hundreds of different colors and a lot of pattern options that go from ultra-modern to traditional.

Granite 

Granite is porous and should be sealed to prevent staining, but with the proper treatment applied by your fabricator, you will have a 15-year stain resistant granite countertop that will require no more sealing.  Granite is very hard and will durable and comes in the most interesting colors and patterns.

Quartzite

Quartzite is natural stone and it is the hottest trend amond high-end interior designers. Quartzite is remarkably beautiful. If you are looking for marble with the performance of granite, this is the stone for you. The most popular quartzites have lighter backround and veining that could be delicate or bold.  It requires sealing as granite.

Dekton™

The new Dekton™ Ultracompact surface has incomparable strength and resists extreme changes of temperature. You can put a hot pot directly on the counter without the worry of damage or crack due to thermal shock. The patterns and textures and unique and very modern

In Summary

All countertop materials have their pros and cons. There is no perfect surface on earth and you still have to clean them and take proper care of them.

Look for inspiration in Houzz, Pinterest, magazines and TV shows and fall in love with the look and color you’d love in your kitchen.  Narrow down your choices. Do you like dark, light or neutral colors? Solid, speckled or wavy patterns?  Do you like unpredictable and unique or do you prefer a more even look?  The main thing is that you take your time finding the right color that also matches your cabinetry, floor, walls, budget and your heart.

Stone Countertops Comparison Chart

  Quartz Granite/Quartzite Marble Recycled Ultracompact
Colors and Patterns Wide Array Wide Array Limited Limited Limited
Durability and Strength
Excellent
Excellent
Good
Great
Extreme
Scratch Resistance
Excellent
Excellent
Low
Great
Excellent
Chip and Impact Resistance
Excellent
Great
Low
Great
Excellent
Heat Resistant
Great
Excellent
Great
Good
Extreme
Non Porous
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Requires Sealing
No
Yes
Yes
Yes (Except Eco)
No
Stain Resistance
Excellent
If sealed
No
No (Except Eco)
Extreme
Easy Maintenance
Yes
Yes, if sealed
No
No (Except Eco)
Yes
Seams
Visible
Visible
Visible
Visible
Visible
Easy to Repair
No
No
No
No
No
Requires Pro Installation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Green and Sustainable
Yes, but not 100%
No
No
100$
Yes, but not 100%