GRANITE X QUARTZ
Granite is the surface of choice for high-end applications. It isn't very expensive and it will provide a look that is incomparable for beauty and elegance. Prices may vary from $36 and up depending which color you like.
If you are considering granite countertops you should know that granite comes from the ground. There is no Epoxy, plastic or any Chemicals add to it. 100% Natural.
Granite, Marble and all Natural Stones are very unique.
During the years men have tried to imitate the looks of natural stones, but it's not possible, don't settle for imitations.
Engineered stone is man-made stone. Solid Surface is a plastic material (Epoxy). Prices may vary from $59 and up... Engineered stone is a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments.
The term “engineered stone” is used to describe the combination of natural stone with other materials that are processed together to form the final product. The stone material is typically in aggregate or crushed form and is held together by a resin binder. The combination is processed under heat and pressure to compact the materials together and remove porosity. The end result is a hard, stone-like product that has all of the good characteristics of stone without the drawbacks.
If this all sounds too technical, think of it as a crushed stone that's combined with glue and baked in a pan. That may be an oversimplification but it may help in understanding the basic concepts of what it is and how its made.
Some manufacturers don't use the term “engineered stone” and refer to their product by the type of stone used. In truth, the stone material does make up the major percentage of the end product however its still combined with other materials and is not the same as a solid piece of granite or marble.
While some come close, the engineered stone products can't replicate the true look of natural stone. Natural stone has variability and beauty that makes each slab unique which is difficult to achieve with the engineered products. This is a really personal preference since some people want a consistent pattern on their countertops.