What material is right for me?

When it comes to choosing a stone countertop, one of the most important things you can do to narrow down and simplify your choices is to make sure that you select the right product and surface finish for your intended application. Do you have an active household?  Selecting the right material for your family’s lifestyle is an important decision.  Some households use their counters for more than just preparing meals.  Countertops in active homes, especially with children, tend to receive more wear and tear from extensive daily use, school projects, spills and other activities.

Granite and quartz are incredibly durable and great for multi-use.  Both are very dense, resistant to scratches, and most spills.  Granite is also heat resistant.  Many of the beautiful patterns can act as a camouflage to dust and crumbs and may be easier to maintain than some of the more solid quartz color options.

Soapstone is a very unique appearing stone; its natural beauty has lots of vein movement.  It has the highest heat tolerance of all natural stones, but is very susceptible to scratching.  However, scratches can be easily buffed out.

Marble is good for low traffic areas and especially good for those who bake.  Marble has an unmatched elegance, but is a much softer stone and is therefore more prone to etching and scratches.  Marble is not recommended for active households.

If stone products do not fit your needs, you may want to explore solid surface options such as Corian, Himacs or Meganite.  Solid surfaces are very durable, easy to maintain, and provide a wide range of color possibilities.

It should be noted that although no product is totally without maintenance, by choosing the best surface for your lifestyle, your new countertops will bring you many years of beauty and enjoyment with ease of upkeep.  The professional sales staff at Eastern Surfaces is here to answer your questions and help guide you through this process.  Our goal is to make your purchasing experience easy, pleasurable, and worry-free.

Please see the Countertop Comparison Chart to help with the selection process.