Comparison Between Different Stone Surfaces

Granite Quartz Marble Porcelain

What is It?

100% natural stone, a coarse-grained igneous rock formed from magma & quarried within the earth

Man-made stone: 80% to 85% quartz, polymer resins & pigments compacted under intense vibration, vacuum, & pressure into dense, non-porous slabs

100% natural stone, a metamorphic rock formed by the metamorphism of limestone

Man-made stone, a composite of clays, feldspars, kaolin and quartz that are blended, compacted and fired above 1,200 degrees Celcius.

Appearance

Polished finish - unique in colour and patterning

Polished finish - consistent and uniform colour and patterning

Polished finish - unique in colour and patterning

Matt, honed, satin or glossy finish - consistent and uniform colour and patterning.

Colours

Wide selection of natural colours

Wide selection of man-made colours

Wide selection of natural colours

Wide selection of man-made and mimicked natural colours.

Heat Resistant

Highly

Above average

Average

Highly

Scratch Resistant

Highly

Highly

Average

Highly

Stain Resistant

Average

Above average

Poor

Highly

Chip Resistant

Average

Above average

Average

Above average

Non-Porous
(will not absorb moisture)

Above average

Highly

Poor

Highly

Cleanliness

One of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces

Very resistant to bacteria due to non-porous nature

Not as easy to clean & maintain

Very resistant to bacteria due to non-porous nature.

Requires Periodic Sealing

Yes

No

Yes

No

Granite

What is It?

100% natural stone, a coarse-grained igneous rock formed from magma & quarried within the earth

Appearance

Polished finish - unique in colour and patterning

Colours

Wide selection of natural colours

Heat Resistant

Highly

Scratch Resistant

Highly

Stain Resistant

Average

Chip Resistant

Average

Non-Porous
(will not absorb moisture)

Above average

Cleanliness

One of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces

Requires Periodic Sealing

Yes

Quartz

What is It?

Man-made stone: 80% to 85% quartz, polymer resins & pigments compacted under intense vibration, vacuum, & pressure into dense, non-porous slabs

Appearance

Polished finish - consistent and uniform colour and patterning

Colours

Wide selection of man-made colours

Heat Resistant

Above average

Scratch Resistant

Highly

Stain Resistant

Above average

Chip Resistant

Above average

Non-Porous
(will not absorb moisture)

Highly

Cleanliness

Very resistant to bacteria due to non-porous nature

Requires Periodic Sealing

No

Marble

What is It?

100% natural stone, a metamorphic rock formed by the metamorphism of limestone

Appearance

Polished finish - unique in colour and patterning

Colours

Wide selection of natural colours

Heat Resistant

Average

Scratch Resistant

Average

Stain Resistant

Poor

Chip Resistant

Average

Non-Porous
(will not absorb moisture)

Poor

Cleanliness

Not as easy to clean & maintain

Requires Periodic Sealing

Yes

Porcelain

What is It?

Man-made stone, a composite of clays, feldspars, kaolin and quartz that are blended, compacted and fired above 1,200 degrees celcius.

Appearance

Matt, honed, satin or glossy finish - consistent and uniform colour and patterning.

Colours

Wide selection of man-made and mimicked natural colours.

Heat Resistant

Highly

Scratch Resistant

Highly

Stain Resistant

Highly

Chip Resistant

Above Average

Non-Porous
(will not absorb moisture)

Highly

Cleanliness

Very resistant to bacteria due to non-porous nature.

Requires Periodic Sealing

No