Natural Stone vs. Synthetic Material Countertops

If you’re in the process of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, and you’re stuck on choosing a countertop type – you’re not alone.

Many homeowners struggle with deciding on one type of countertop material, colour, pattern, edge profile, and finish.

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What is the difference between a natural stone countertop and a synthetic countertop?”

That’s the question we’re answering in today’s blog, so read on.

What are the major differences?

When it comes time to decide on which materials to choose for your new kitchen or bath, you may find yourself stuck deciding between natural and synthetic countertops.

And before we dive in, it’s important to note that they’re both popular choices but it’s in your best interest to know which material works best for your home and lifestyle.


1. Natural vs. synthetic

Natural stones – like granite and marble – are popular choices for homeowners looking for durability and decorative flair. It is a type of material that is formed naturally in the earth’s crust.

Synthetic, or man-made stone is manufactured in a facility instead of inside the earth. It is made of about 95% natural stone (usually quartz) and about 5% resin, all blended together and heated to form a solid surface.

2. Flaws

Since natural stone is created naturally, flaws and inconsistencies are inevitable! It’s important to recognize that each piece of natural stone is a unique piece of nature, and slabs will vary in colour, thickness, and pattern designs.

If having a perfectly consistent and uniform countertop is important to you, synthetic stone is for you. Synthetic materials can be designed and replicated for perfect consistency in design and colour.

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3. Strength

The great thing is both natural and synthetic countertops are strong and durable. However, as with anything, breaks, chips, and scratches are inevitable.

Synthetic stone is a heavier material than natural stone, making it nearly impossible to chip or fracture.

Natural stone, on the other hand, has many natural divots and fissures, making it more prone to cracks and chips. But, if you ensure your countertop is properly sealed by a professional, chipping or cracking should not be a problem.

4. Maintenance

Natural stone and synthetic stones are relatively easy to clean and maintain.

However, a natural stone like granite is a little more difficult as they’re a naturally porous stone prone to staining. A simple sealant and regular cleaning prevents staining.

Synthetic stones are completely non-porous, so staining is not a problem.

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Which countertop type is right for you?

It all depends on your personal preferences, your home environment, your lifestyle, etc.

When it comes to choosing a material for your countertop, keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of natural and synthetic stones.

Both materials are beautiful and are capable of transforming your space into a livable, beautiful, and functional area.

Let’s get started!

At Rock With Us, we have a wide variety of options in natural and synthetic materials, and we can help you choose the right stone for your home project.

When you’re ready to rock with us, give us a call or visit our Hamilton showroom!