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A quartz countertop in a Springville, UT light and airy kitchen.

You’ve heard of the benefits of using different types of custom countertops, but what is the difference between solid surface countertops and quartz surface countertops? What are the similarities? You might be surprised at our answers. Signature Marble and Granite can help you with all you need to know about solid surface and quartz countertops.

Both Solid Surface and Quartz Countertops are Man-Made

Solid surface countertops are man-made and created from acrylic or polyester blends. They’re essentially made from plastic but can be an alternative to other countertops while creating the same or a similar look.

Quartz countertops are also manmade. However, they are made from natural materials. This consists of crushed, natural quartz combined with resins and other materials such as recycled glass to bond the materials together.

Only One is Scratch and Heat Resistant

Quartz countertops are very scratch-resistant and resistant to most heat. They are quite durable and can withstand temperatures up to about 400 degrees.

Solid surface countertops are not scratch or heat-resistant. They are very prone to scratch marks, and it is also not recommended to place hot pans or pots on this type of countertop.

Many Options Available for Both

Both quartz and solid surface countertops come in a variety of colors and patterns. You can obtain virtually any color or style you’d like to choose to match or accent your home.

Which Countertop is “Better for You?”

The answer is simple. It depends. There are a few factors to consider.

  • Budget: Solid surface can be slightly more affordable than quartz countertops if you want to procure a basic color or pattern.
  • Style: Quartz offers nearly unlimited options when it comes to style. You will be slightly more limited in choosing solid surface counters.
  • Durability: There’s no question when it comes to durability that quartz is the way to go. Between being heat and scratch-resistant, it is the clear choice for durable countertops.

Contact Signature Marble and Granite

Whatever countertop you choose, seek professional assistance to finalize your decision. It is important to have all the information before moving forward with your custom countertops. There are many options out there, so you have a lot to choose from.