While granite is our mainstay at Architectural Justice we have many other surface material options including Marble, Quartzite, Quartz, Soapstone, Limestone/Travertine, Onyx, and Wood. There are many differences in the materials such as the durability, the stain resistance, or the maintenance involved. Here is a quick overview of the characteristics for each material.
This natural stone comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, is durable, resists heat, water, bacteria, and stains. Perfect for nearly any surface in and outside the home. Yearly sealing is recommended.
Has high-end elegant look plus stands up to heat well. Susceptible to stains, scratches, and etching. Not often used throughout entire kitchen, but limited to small areas. Great for bathrooms and accent pieces.
As an engineered blend of stone, resins, and pigments, it is one of the most durable options aside from Quartzite. Heat, water, bacteria, and stain resistant, plus sealant is not required. On average has a higher cost than granite but can look less natural.
This extremely strong and durable natural stone originated as sandstone but after a process of high heating and pressurization the stone transforms into Quartzite. The stone resembles the look of marble but acts like granite. Yearly sealing is recommended.
A highly heat, stain, chemical, and bacteria resistant non-porous stone. Soapstone is soft and can be scratched and sliced easily. Stone darkens with time but can be periodically rubbed with mineral oil.
This stone has the veining and natural imperfections of granite but is less expensive. It is porous so it will stain easily and is prone to scratches. Not recommended for heavily used kitchens.
A rare stone that is transparent in spots which makes the stone perfect for backlighting. Great for areas that are more decorative vs. a work surface. Onyx is a fragile, soft stone which is prone to scratches and stains.
Adds beauty and warmth to a space and a great addition to stone countertops. Mostly used for aesthetics unless sealed properly. Can scratch easily and is not heat or water resistant.
Amy Winters says
I’m glad you pointed out that quartzite is even more durable than quartz and yet has the appearance of marble. My husband and I are planning a kitchen remodel, so we’be been trying to decide on a material for the new countertops. I love the look of marble, so I’m happy to hear there’s a durable alternative on the market!