Types of Countertop Surfaces

Natural Stone

Marble, limestone, soapstone, granite, quartzite, and onyx

Marble and limestone are softer materials good for bathroom vanity and showers. Unlike marble, however, soapstone will not etch or stain and is nonporous.

Granite comes in a wide range of colors and is much harder than marble; it can be used in all applications, including outdoors. Pricing ranges from affordable to high-end, depending primarily on color.

Newest to the countertop market is quartzite, which is harder than granite but looks like marble.

Browse our Natural Stone Surfaces

marble, limestone, soapstone, granite, quartzite, and onyx

Blue Bahia graniteUbatuba graniteChakra Beige graniteGiallo Fiorito granite


Edge Types

Granite Countertop edge types

Engineered Countertop Products

Engineered quartz and plastic-based surfaces like Corian

Silestone Engineered Quartz

Engineered quartz is made of primarily (more than 90%) crushed quartz. Color is added during manufacturing, making choices virtually unlimited. It will not scratch, stain or crack and is nonporous. It’s also resistant to bacteria growth, making it suitable for use in hospitals and food preparation environments.

When used in a residence, engineered quartz typically comes with a 15-year warranty and does not require any sealers or maintenance. East Coast Countertops is proud to be a certified dealer for the top brands of engineered quartz countertops, including LG Viatera, Silestone, Q Quartz, Pental Quartz, Caesarstone, and Cambria.

Manufactured solid surface countertops are made of 100% acrylic, 100% polyester, or a blend of the two. They will not stain or retain bacteria, can be thermoformed (formed into various shapes with heat), and offer the option of integrated (same-surface) sinks and backsplashes.

Wilson Art Solid Surface countertop

It can scratch, but marks are easily removed by sanding and the surface requires no sealers. Lightweight and with invisible seams, solid-surface countertops can be used in hospitals and for food prep and carry a 10- to 15-year warranty on residential applications. East Coast Countertops is a certified dealer for brands such as Corian, LG Himacs, Staron by Samsung, Wilson Art, Avonite, and Swanstone.


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