top of page

What’s the difference between Solid Surface vs. Quartz? They look similar yet different!

Solid Surface and Quartz are the two best premium engineered countertops available on the market. So which one should you choose?


What’s the difference between Solid Surface vs. Quartz? They look similar yet different!
 

What is a Solid Surface?

Solid surface consists of mineral dust (mostly marble) mixed with a variety of plastic resins and pigments. Around 33% resin, 66% natural minerals

What’s the difference between Solid Surface vs. Quartz? They look similar yet different!

Appearance:

  • It mimics the look of stone and has a natural finish.

  • Weight-wise, solid surfaces are lighter compared to Quartz when compared with the same size samples.

Durability:

  • It is less scratch-resistant as compared to Quartz.

  • Use a cutting board so as to avoid damaging the surface.

  • Heavy impact might result in chipping, or in the worst-case scenario, it might lead to some cracks.

  • For light to medium kitchen cooking usage, a solid surface is sustainable enough.

Joint Visibility:

  • Each panel is approximately 2 meters plus depending on the supplier’s product range.

  • The joint line for a solid surface can be sanded smooth to create a seamless effect between each panel.

  • The countertop and its backing “up-turn” can also be “fabricated” as a singular panel for seamless joint, preventing any possible leakage of water into the back of the countertop.

  • It can be thermoformed or worked with curvy, flowing shapes such as moulded sinks and integrated backsplashes.

  • The corners and edging of the countertop can be well rounded-off to provide a smooth touch that isn’t sharp to the hands.

Heat Resistance:

  • It is heat resistant, but anything hotter than 100 degrees Celsius might damage the top.

  • For high-heat objects such as kettles and pans, use a thick cock board to avoid direct contact.

Porosity:

  • Depending on the supplier and product range, as long as stains are not left overnight, they should be easy to clean off. No material is 100% stainless; however, any strong staining agent/chemical/food residue should be wiped off as soon as possible.

  • Easy to clean. Just use a simple disinfectant wipe to keep your countertop clean. The best is to avoid chemicals of any type and wipe them dry with a cloth and water.

  • Usually, contractors will apply a layer of additional sealant above to help maintain the top’s durability.

Maintenance:

  • It can be sanded out and re-polished to remove light scratches and stains.

  • It tends to lose its sheen over long periods of time. Polishing will bring back the sheen again.

  • However, avoid over polishing as after more than 3 times, the thickness due to polishing may lessen.

  • Avoid using any harsh chemicals such as nail polish, oven cleaners, paint removers, thinners, and other strong chemicals for cleaning.

Pros

  • Relatively cheaper than Quartz and have a broader range of design selection.

  • Seamless joint between each panel, no gap when joining of the surface top and backing if designed correctly.

  • Suitable for daily light to medium kitchen cooking usage.

  • More realistic light colour marble effects. Overall it has a more profound “visual depth”.

  • Edges are smooth and rounded depending on designer specifications.

Cons

  • Not as hard or durable as Quartz which is meant for heavy to extreme cooking.

 

What is Quartz?

Quartz consists of about 95% ground natural quartz and other materials with 5% binding resins.