Like polished granite, honed granite is just as resistant to scratching, chipping, cracking and heat, making it one of the most durable kitchen countertop options around. Stainless Steel Countertops Stainless steel lends a modern, industrial look to this stylish kitchen designed by Andreea Avram Rusu.
Granite vs. Marble vs. Quartz Durability. All three material options are known for their durability. Granite, marble and quartz can last up to 20 years or more with proper care. They’re also all heat-resistant. Scratch & Chip Resistance. Marble is the softest of all three materials, which means that it can be scratched or chipped the most easily.
Quartz is a relative newcomer to the countertop material industry. Commonly known products include Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, Zodiaq, Hanstone and Viatera. These materials are comprised of a blend of 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin that is pressed into slabs using a “vibrocompression vacuum process”.
Soapstone is natural stone material that has been used for centuries in countertops. It’s milky appearance gives it a rustic feel when compared with the urbane and elegant look of granite or slate. Many homeowners love the natural charm of soapstone.
Solid surface is a non-porous low-maintenance material used for surfaces such as countertops. It can mimic the appearance of granite, marble, stone, and other naturally occurring materials, and can be joined nearly invisibly by a trained craftsman.
Ceramic tile is often applied to a plywood substrate or directly over existing plastic laminate countertops. However, to ensure a rock-solid, long-lasting installation, Tiganella prefers using 3/4-in.-thick plywood topped with 1/2-in.-thick cement backerboard.