The Difference Between Quartz and Solid Surface Countertops Blog

You may be wondering: what is the difference between solid surface and quartz?  Which material is the best option for my space?

The answer to those questions depends on what you are looking for because both materials are excellent options for your home or business. 

Here’s a quick guide that breaks down the two materials.

What is Solid Surface? 

Solid surface is a man-made material comprised of natural minerals and high-performance acrylic and can be used in a variety of ways including countertops, backsplashes or custom fabrications. 

It first rose to popularity in the late 1960s as an affordable alternative to more expensive natural stone surfaces. Until recently, scientists could not replicate the look of natural stone without the design looking obviously fake. Now, solid surface can be created in just about any color or pattern. 

What is Quartz? 

Quartz is a man-made material created from natural quartz and bound together with resin. 

Much like solid surface, quartz comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Designers and homeowners alike are often drawn to quartz because it can mimic the look of natural stone while offering superior durability.

Quartz is often used for countertops, backsplashes, conference tables, and more. It is considered by many to be a luxury material.

Benefits of Choosing Solid Surface

Solid surface is a great material to use in any application, residential or commercial.

Versatile

Because solid surface is an acrylic-based material, it can be shaped through a process called thermoforming. Through this process, solid surface can become almost any shape that you need it to be. Others have used solid surface to create decorative fireplaces, bistro tables, reception desks, and more. Solid surface is a diverse material with dozens of applications. 

Easy to Repair

If damaged, solid surface can easily be repaired by an experienced fabricator or installer. Whether you need scratches buffed out or cracks repaired, damaged solid surface countertops are not a lost cause.

Solid surface countertops are a durable material for any application and are not likely to crack with everyday wear and tear.  

Sanitary

Solid surface is smooth and non-porous meaning it does not have pores that can give harmful bacteria a place to grow.

Easy to Clean

Just wipe your solid surface countertops down with warm water and mild soap for any spills or accidents!

Affordable

Solid surface was first created as an affordable alternative to natural stone surfaces. This is still true in many cases. 

Benefits of Choosing Quartz

Quartz is a luxury material that adds a sophisticated aesthetic to any space — home or office.

Durable

Quartz is one of the hardest materials on Earth making it one of the most durable options to use.

This material will stand up to everyday wear-and-tear and more. 

Low Maintenance

Unlike other natural stone options, quartz does not need to be sealed.  It is built to last with minimal care.  

Easy to Clean

Quartz is manufactured to be non-porous. It does not have tiny pores for bacteria to breed in, and it is incredibly easy to clean. 

Just wipe your quartz countertops down with warm water and a mild soap and you’re good to go!

Appealing

You already know quartz looks great, but did you know that it can actually increase the value of your home? 

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and homebuyers often make their decision based on how the kitchen looks.  Quartz countertops give you the look and luxury of natural stone.

Which Material Should I Choose?

The biggest difference between quartz and solid surface is the price. Quartz is the better option if you have a more flexible budget and are interested in increasing the value of your home.

Solid surface is a great option for those with a budget-friendly project or for those looking to create a custom piece with its ability to be thermoformed. This is why it is a popular choice for the commercial segment.

The bottom line? 

For solid surface inspiration for your home, visit our gallery at HanexSolidSurfaces.com/pages/gallery.