Finding the right material for your space should not be taken lightly. There are nearly endless options for materials, with each offering different strengths and weaknesses. On our blog we cover the majority of common, and even less common choices that people make. Solid surface is one of the cheapest options when pursuing a countertop that is higher end than laminate, but not as expensive as quartz, granite, quartzite, and others.
Solid surface countertops are created with a mixture of about 60 percent crushed mineral material, and 40 percent resin, compared to quartz being usually around 90 percent stone and 10 percent resin. Both materials can come in a large variety of colors and designs, and are both non-porous.
Solid surface is the cheaper of the two materials for initial installation cost, but some argue that it is actually the more expensive option, as it is known to much more easily scratch, dent, chip, and crack. Additionally, solid-surface is not as heat resistant as quartz (which is not heat resistant), due to the lower mineral content of solid surface.
As far as the difference in looks between solid surface and quartz, you are going to be able to find nearly limitless colors, finishes, and styles with quartz, but when it comes to solid surface, your options are a bit more limited. If you are looking for man-made stones, either choice can be beautiful in your space. We recommend looking at local showrooms to get an in-person look and feel for the materials.
If you are looking for a surface that is nicer than formica, but doesnt come with the cost of quartz, solid-surface may be perfect for you. If you are more interested in getting a higher quality man-made stone, and want top of the line durability, quartz is going to be better for you. Make sure that you check out our blog if you want to read about other materials such as granite, soapstone,or quartzite. Come take a tour of our beautiful showroom and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable salespeople.