Countertop Material Research

Finding The Best Options For You

Granite Transformations Countertop Research

Countertop Research

Comparing Countertop Materials

How do bathroom and kitchen countertop materials compare in terms of cost, quality, maintenance and durability? What is the best countertop for kitchens & bathrooms? We will be comparing many popular countertop materials to see how they rate. 

Countertop Material Comparison Chart
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Granite Transformations Countertops

Granite Transformations’ countertops are made of a combination of granite, quartz and a unique, proprietary sealing ingredient called ForeverSeal®, which makes them extremely durable, resistant to stains, scratches and heat – which means they never need to be sealed like natural granite does.

They are also the only engineered countertop to have built-in antimicrobial technology from Microban®. This technology works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—to keep surfaces cleaner between regular cleanings. This protection will last for the expected lifetime of the product.

All Granite Transformations countertops are manufactured in the USA, backed by a Lifetime Warranty and are installed by Granite Transformations craftsmen, eliminating the need for subcontractors. 


  • Stronger
  • More durable
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Never needs sealing
  • Stain-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Can be installed in as little as one day

Natural Marble Countertops

There’s no denying that marble is one of the most luxurious and timeless materials in the world. However, natural marble is a porous material that is softer than granite. Marble must be sealed regularly and it is more susceptible to scratches. It does not resist heat well, so great care should be taken when placing hot items down on the countertop. Marble is available in many colors and patterns, making it an attractive option for homeowners. Marble tends to be on the higher end of the cost scale for countertops. 



Granite Transformations engineered marble countertops are trending as as a preferred option for homeowners. We have captured the style of marble and gave it all the advantages that come with our engineered stone. 

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Concrete Countertops

Known for adding a unique texture and color to a room, concrete countertops have been trending as a hot choice for today’s homes. Don’t let the name fool you. Just because they are made from a mix of general-purpose mortar, sand, and pigments, they can be customized to add uncompromising beauty to your home.

Pros of Concrete:

  • Customizable by staining or adding pigments to transform the surface into a unique look of granite or other natural stone
  • Heat-resistant
  • Virtually indestructible
  • Recyclable

Cons of Concrete:

  • Requires sealing
  • Can be hard on glasses, dishware and glassware
  • Stains easily
  • Porous in nature, making it likely to absorb and retain moisture

Granite Transformations has engineered countertops to mimic the look of concrete with all the advantages that come with our engineered stone and none of the cons of concrete. 

Natural Granite Countertops

Still considered one of the most appealing countertop choices because of its beauty and durability, this type of granite stands out for its natural stone characteristics, which make each slab unique for color variations, patterns, and shading.

Pros of Slab Granite:

  • Durable
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Water-resistant (when sealed)
  • Unique variety of colors and patterns

Cons of Slab Granite:

  • Expensive
  • High maintenance

Granite Transformations granite countertops outperforms ordinary slab granite by using our proprietary product called ForeverSeal®, to help strengthen and permanently seal the surface. Our engineered granite has all the great qualities of natural slab granite with none of the negatives.

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Laminate Countertops

Laminate is made of layers of paper covered by thin veneer that is affixed to particle board, making it less resistant to heat (when compared to other countertop materials). Laminate is easy to clean and does not need to be sealed. Over time, however, the surface may wear and peel. Laminate is among the least expensive countertop options.

Solid Surface Countertops

Solid surfaces are made from a combination of plastic and stone, and the primary benefit is that they have no seams and can be heated and molded into almost any shape. They are nonporous, so they don’t require sealing or special cleaning. They don’t resist heat well, and they scratch easier than granite. Solid surfaces are in the mid-range in terms of price, depending on the manufacture

Butcher Block Countertops

Wood surfaces scratch easily and require monthly sealing with oil. They can be sanded down and refinished easily to remove stains or scratches. Without regular care, butcher block surfaces can be susceptible to absorbing odor, bacteria or moisture. The price can vary significantly based on the type of wood that is chosen, but tend to cost less than stone countertops.

Tile Countertops

The popularity of tile countertops has been on the downswing in recent years. This is because homeowners have found that tiles can easily crack or chip over time. Also, the surface is not flat making food prep more challenging and the grout is susceptible to staining. Although the tile itself is nonporous, the grout is not, thus making it difficult to clean and maintain a flawless look.

Stainless Steel Countertops

Like concrete, stainless steel countertops are becoming more popular in the residential market. Stainless steel is nonporous, which makes it impenetrable and durable. (It should be noted, however, that stainless steel can be dented with rough handling.) The surface is installed without seams, which diminishes the growth of germs and makes it easy to maintain. It can handle hot pots and pans and won’t stain or corrode easily. Stainless steel countertops are limiting in terms of design, and tend to be the best countertop for simpler, no frills kitchens. In addition, the surface tends to be noisy when items are placed on it and fingerprints show up more readily than on stone surfaces. Stainless steel countertops tend to be cheaper than most stone countertops.

The Benefits Of Engineered Stone

Beautiful, Consistent Look

Unlike natural granite, which has flaws and irregularities, engineered granite has a uniform, consistent look. And since it is engineered, it can be designed in a spectrum of colors, patterns, and designs. Imagine getting the look you want, when you want it. Working with Granite Transformations is the smarter way to renovate.



Although engineered and natural granite are both strong and extremely durable, one benefit of an engineered granite countertop is that it is almost impossible to chip or crack. It’s also highly resistant to heat, staining and scratches, which makes it the perfect surface for today’s busy lifestyles.


Easy to Maintain

Natural granite, like engineered granite, is easy to clean. The porous nature of granite, however, makes it prone to accumulating stains. Liquids such as red wine, oils and juice can be your worst enemy if your countertop is not properly sealed. As mentioned earlier, Granite Transformations has eliminated this worry, as it is the only granite countertop manufacturer that uses polymer resin ForeverSeal® to help strengthen and seal its surfaces.

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Granite Transformations Properties - Heat Resistant
Granite Transformations Properties - Stain Resistant
Granite Transformations Properties - Scratch Resistant
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Granite Transformations Properties - Microban Protected
Granite Transformations Properties - Simple Cleanup

Our greatest advantage is removing all the typical remodeling stress: coordinating with multiple vendors, choosing the best materials, and restructuring your life around a lengthy remodel. We remove virtually all of this stress from you by helping you at every step along the way. From choosing the best design that will make your countertop remodeling project beautiful and function right for you, to installing our countertops,  backsplashes, walls, floors, plumbing fixtures and lighting with our expert installers, we want you to enjoy your time with us and be completely satisfied with the end result.


Most of our remodeling projects are completed in just a few days. When finished, their heat, stain, scratch, impact, and chemical resistant properties will keep you satisfied with your new surfaces for the life of your project, no matter what life throws at them.

We also want to remove any worries you have from using your new countertops. All our surfaces are guaranteed for life.  Your Granite Transformations countertops will look good for life!


It is our mission to provide you with everything you could possibly need with your remodeling project. With Granite Transformations, you’ll receive unmatched customer service throughout the entire process. You are our priority and we promise to do everything in our power to provide you with the best service and highest quality work possible. 

Customer Reviews

Richard Jackson
Indianapolis, IN
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The products met our expectations and the personnel were all professional. The man that came to do the template as well as the man who installed the finished products were punctual, did their work and cleaned up after themselves. We are thinking of doing the kitchen and will probably come back to Granite Transformations
Jim Carter
Hartzville, IN
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Very pleased with the sales rep and the installers . The installer worked two long days on my counter tops and backsplash. We where very impressed. Everything is so beautiful.
Greg Roach
McCordsville, IN
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This transformed our kitchen! The process was smooth and the installers were friendly and listened!
William Johnson
Fishers, IN
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The sales staff and the craftsman are caring and treated my project as if it was their own. The workmanship is superior.