Two of the most common types of countertops are acrylic solid surface counters and marble counters. While both of these options will provide you with a number of similar features, there are also some important differences to keep in mind. These differences will have an impact on the look, feel and durability of your counters, and make it such that one type or another is better in different circumstances.
Pros and Cons of Marble Surface Counters
One of the major benefits of a marble surface counter is the fact that it has a truly unique and attractive appearance. Marble is a solid stone that can be found in a wide range of colors and patterns. This gives you the flexibility to find a marble countertop material that will be appropriate for the look and feel of the room in which you're installing it. Additionally, marble can be polished to a very clear shine, which helps to enhance the appearance of the space further.
Marble is also highly resistant to heat and natural scratches and chips. On the other hand, however, marble stains easily and can be very difficult to keep clean. Additionally, it is one of the very most expensive options for countertop materials, and the installation and materials costs associated with installing a marble fixture in your home or place of business can be very high.
Pros and Cons of Acrylic Solid Surface Counters
Unlike marble countertop materials, acrylic materials are very inexpensive. They are easier to install, and therefore the cost of installation will be reduced based on the amount of labor required. Additionally, the low cost of the materials themselves helps to bring down the total cost of this type of countertop.
Acrylic countertops are also highly durable. They are designed out of different types of plastic combinations to have the best protection against stains, heat, cold and other potential concerns. They can withstand abuse of various types, and they are also easy to repair. The repair process typically includes sanding the counter down a bit and then refinishing it to appear like new. A solid surface counter is also created in such a way that there are few, if any, seams and joints. This helps to enhance the appearance of the counter.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to an acrylic solid surface counter. The primary disadvantage is the fact that these counters tend to look very plain and boring. They are fixtures in many average homes across the country and around the world, and the appearance of these counters has connotations associated with these designs. Despite the fact that there are many colors and styles to choose from, solid surface counters still have a bad reputation in this regard. Additionally, these counters can chip or scratch more easily than marble counters. However, with the ease of maintenance as discussed above, the counters require little time and effort to repair in these cases.