There are many advantages to using natural stone in place of synthetic materials such as Corian, Formica, porcelain, or ceramic tile.
Origin: Synthetic or manufactured solid surface countertops are made of man-made materials, most often acrylic, but also polyester resins, marble dust, and other pigments. Stone countertops are made of… Well, the Earth!
Environmental Impact: Made primarily from non-renewable resources, the production and manufacturing of synthetic countertops are very energy-intensive, and the materials are not recyclable. Natural stone, on the other hand, is Mother Nature’s original “green” building material… 100% recyclable.
Cost: Most people consider natural stone to be a more expensive option. Not only can natural stone be affordable and comparable in price to man-made products, but its resilience proves cost-effective over time. Synthetic material, on the other hand, requires periodic replacement and costly repairs. Natural stone will last a lifetime.
Return on Investment: Natural stone has a high return on your investment when it comes time to sell your house. Granite ranks very high on the typical buyer’s wish list. Synthetic countertops won’t be as appealing to some buyers.
Beauty: If you’re trying to match apples to apples, nothing can reach the luster and depth of real granite or natural stone. Synthetic materials are merely imitations of the real stuff. Because granite is a natural stone, no two countertops are alike. Your countertop will have a distinct design and pattern. Color selection for natural stone is generally more extensive. With man-made products, a certain color is produced exactly the same every time.
Durability: Synthetic countertops are vulnerable to heat, dents, discoloration, and scratches. Granite is naturally hard and strong, and offers a high level of resistance to staining, scratching, and heat.
Related Stone Countertop Resources:
How To Clean Natural Stone Countertops – Check out our expert tips for cleaning natural stone countertops like granite, marble, and quartzite, including what harsh cleaning solutions to stay away from.
How To Seal Stone Countertops – Learn the truth behind “sealing” natural and engineered stone countertops.
Stone Countertop Discoloration – Read the difference between two common causes of stone countertop discoloration—staining vs. etching—and how to repair them.