4 Major Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Countertops

Aug 26, 2020 | Uncategorized

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, color, 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?” This blog addresses the four 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.

Both are very 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.

This kitchen remodel in Harwich showcases both a natural stone and synthetic stone. The island is a White Carrera Marble, while the perimeter is Hone Pebble Caesarstone.

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 color, 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 color.

We designed this West Harwich kitchen with a synthetic countertop called Calacatta PentalQuartz.

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.

The black natural stone countertop seen below, called Tropical Storm Quartzite, is from a kitchen remodel in Harwich.

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.


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.


At Encore Construction, we work with each of our clients to look at each variety of options and determine which stone is right for your home project.

Ready to get started on your kitchen or bathroom project, contact us today!

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