Selecting your marble, granite, quartz or solid surface kitchen top

With many options for worktops and kitchen surfaces, it is best to narrow the scope by deciding how long the worktop should last, how durable it will be, how difficult to install, and how costly. Stone worktops are durable. Cared for properly, they will last a lifetime.

Dealers priced stone worktops based on linear or square footage, template, fabrication, delivery, and worktops installation. Prices vary depending on texture, color, pattern, and intricacy of edging, number of holes, sink type and seams.

Heavy worktops, like natural and engineered stones, are held in place with gravity and fixative, while other tops are screwed and glued. Since worktop pricing ranges from the economical to really expensive, it is important to consider longevity, durability, maintenance, and price installed.

Natural Stone Granite is quarried worldwide, with colors and patterns that reveal the region and the geological conditions that created it. With granite, each slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns. Granite is graded for a host of variables including density, strength, water absorption, and acid resistance.

Marble worktop is less stain-resistant and more porous than granite, so it may be damaged by acidic foods. Buyers may visit the fabricator to select their own slabs.

Engineered Stone Engineered stone is a quartz-composite product mixed with colored pebbles, polymers, and epoxy. It has an even pattern and more color options than natural stone. So, if a kitchen calls for more stone worktop space, it is easy to order the same pattern and shade. Engineered stone is an extremely durable product that takes the heat and resists stains. Engineered stone is installed using epoxy and generally is as costly as granite if not more.

Solid Surfacing Solid surface worktops offer seamless polyester faces with seams that are only visible from the underside. With solid surfacing, sink and worktop materials can be integrated to create a fluid, graceful line. Solid surfaces come in a rainbow of colors, patterns, and styles, including stone and glass look-alikes. They are stain resistant, with more edging and border options than natural stone. Scratches are easily softened with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad.