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 Celsius.
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 & maintenance. Very resistant to bacteria due to non-porous nature.
Requires Periodic Sealing Yes No Yes No