If you’ve watched a single episode of any home flipping show on HGTV or DIY Network, you’d think the number one choice in countertops must be granite. And, while granite countertops definitely offer a splendid appearance, the well-known material does have its downfalls.
1. Granite countertops can be stained.
Granite is a porous material, which means if it’s not sealed properly, it can absorb liquids like wine, juice, or oil, which may cause a stain that’s impossible to remove.
2. Granite countertops can harbor bacteria.
Following the same line of thinking as #1, because of its porous nature, granite can harbor bacteria, causing an unsafe environment in your kitchen or bathroom.
3. Granite countertops can chip and crack.
Although it’s a pretty durable material, granite does have the potential to chip or crack if a heavy object is dropped on it. If this does happen, “repairing” granite is not an easy task.
4. Granite is one of the most expensive countertop materials.
Finally, granite isn’t cheap! With per square foot prices that can sometimes push upwards of $100, granite is definitely on the high side when it comes to price.
How Does Meridian Solid Surface® Compare with Granite Countertops?
Meridian Solid Surface is ideally suited for a multitude of residential and commercial applications, including custom countertops, vanity tops, and integral sinks. Known for exceptional beauty, outstanding durability, and design flexibility, Meridian Solid Surface is engineered to be shaped, molded, and fabricated into the surface of your dreams.
1. Meridian Solid Surface is non-porous.
All Meridian Solid Surface products are made from a non-porous, homogeneous blend of polyester and acrylic resins and natural mineral fillers, making it resistant to stains and the harboring of bacteria. This also makes it extremely easy to clean and maintain using standard household cleaning products.
2. Meridian Solid Surface is stronger than stone.
While granite may be prone to chips and cracks, the engineering process of Meridian Solid Surface makes it practically indestructible. And, even if a scratch did occur, because of its homogeneous makeup, Meridian Solid Surface can be lightly sanded and cleaned up to look good as new.
3. Meridian Solid Surface countertops can be customized to your specific needs.
When engineered, Meridian Solid Surface is in a liquid state, which allows for complete flexibility in the design and layout of a countertop surface. Unique shapes and custom colors (including the appearance of granite!) are easily achieved with Meridian Solid Surface.
4. The cost of Meridian Solid Surface can be as much as half of granite.
Meridian Solid Surface ranges from $40 to $60 per square foot, a fraction of the cost of granite. And, with its durability and flexibility in design, that value becomes even more important.
Meridian Solid Surface offers several advantages over granite countertops; but it’s up to you to decide whether it’s the right choice for your individual situation. If you’re interested in looking deeper into the difference, give us a call at (330) 837-2216. We’d be happy to answer your questions.