With such a wide range to choose from, it can seem difficult to know which products are right for you and your home. But don’t worry; here at Rightway Stone Art in Richmond we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and provided the following helpful guide so you can get a better idea of what works for you. Give us a call at our location in Richmond if you need more information or a quote.
|Granite||Engineered Stone||Acrylic and/or Polyester Plastics||Tile||Laminates|
|Brand Names||n/a||Silestone, Ceasarstone, Cambria, Avanza, Zodiaq||Corian, Staron, Gibraltar, Avonite, Surell, Hi-Macs||Ceramic, Porcelain||Wilsonart, Formica, Nevamar, Pinoite, Arbortite|
|What is it?||100% Natural stone quarried from within the earth||Man-made: 85%-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder||Man-made: Acrylic or Polyester Plastics||Man-made: Ceramic or Porcelain||Man-made: Printed colors/patterns on a fiberglass backing|
|Heat Resistance||Not affected by heat||Can be affected by high heat (over 400F)||Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the surface||Not affected by heat||Hot pots can warp, melt, or discolor the surface|
|Cleanliness||Independent studies have found granite to be one of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces available||Non-porous - very resistant to bacteria||Deep scratches can harbor dirt and or moisture||Grout is very porous and can be difficult to keep clean||Non-porous - easy to clean|
|Scratch Resistance||Highly scratch resistant - small scratches can be professionally repaired||Highly scratch resistant||Scratches easily - can be sanded||Finish can be scratched and is usually not repairable||Can be scratched - not easily repaired|
|Fabrication||May require seams - various edge profiles available||May require seams - various edge profiles available||Seamless - usually set on a wood sub-structure - various edge profiles available||Should be set on an approved sub-structure - limited edge profiles||Sheet material is applied to a wood sub-structure - limited edge profiles|