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Corian, Quartz, and Granite Countertop Comparison Chart

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The three most popular types of kitchen counter materials are solid-surface (Corian is the most prominent example; it is manufactured by DuPont); quartz (SileStone and Caesarstone are two examples); and granite.

It starts to get a bit confusing, because at first glance, all materials appear to look alike. The main thing to remember is that solid-surface is about 2/3 natural minerals (the rest is composed of binding resins); quartz is mostly organic (quartz, with about 7% binding resins added); and granite is all organic (for slab granite).

Solid Surface, Quartz, and Granite Counter Comparison

Countertop Material
Features Solid Surface Quartz Granite
Brand Names Corian, Silestone, etc. Caesarstone None
Appearance Dull, uniform. Lustrous, three-dimensional. Lustrous, rich, and crystalline.
Must Be Sealed? No. No. Yes.
Requires Pro Installation? Yes. Yes. Yes.
Durability Can scratch and scorch (though scratches can be sanded out). Hard, but can scorch. Hard, but can crack. Will absorb stains if not sealed properly.
Cost (Installed) $35 and up. $50 and up. $60 and up.
Visibility of Seams Best "invisibility" of seams of all products. Visible, though a good installer can hide seams well. Same as quartz - visible, though a good installer can hide seams well.
Man-Made vs. Organic Materials 33% manmade (polymers); 66% natural minerals. 7% manmade; 93% natural. 100% natural (in the case of slab granite).
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