Corian, Quartz or Granite? Which is the Best for Your Kitchen?

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Corian, Quartz and Granite have become three of the most popular countertops for our customers lately, but which is the best for you and your kitchen?

Comparing Kitchen Countertop Options
Quartz, granite and Corian® solid surfaces can be transformed into a range of countertop shapes and sizes to accommodate almost any kitchen space.

In terms of functionality and style, each one offers slightly different benefits including appearance, durability, maintenance and overall value.

Seamless Corian solid surface, made from an advanced mixture of natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer can be installed with no visible seams which looks amazing.

Natural Granite is the top contender for style in terms of organic color and pattern. As a naturally occurring stone, minerals settle into each beautifully unique slab of granite, so every countertop is an original work of art.

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Colours All three countertop material options offer a variety in colour. If you prefer a wider range of colours, corian solid surface and quartz are great options since they are both manufactured using man-made pigments and recycled materials.


Quartz is virtually indestructible and requires no sealing or special cleaning. Both quartz and Corian solid surfaces are non-porous, stain-resistant and extremely sanitary. Granite is also durable, but can still be prone to cracking, fissures and staining. And granite requires simple, but regular, sealing to maintain.


If eco-friendly materials and design in your home is important to you, here’s how each countertop material stacks up:

Quartz countertops are ultra-durable and slabs contain one of earth’s most prolific minerals, as well as pre- and post-consumer recycled content. They last pretty much forever.

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Corian is not only durable, but repairable too. Because they are man-made, solid surfaces are don’t require the level of mining to produce, They also are easier to maintain than a lot of other materials too.

Granite is a natural product, and must be carefully mined and transported to avoid damage, which makes granite the lowest-tier option in terms of sustainability.

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In terms of overall price in today’s market, here is how these materials compare:

Quartz is usually the more expensive option, per square foot.

Corian is usually the in between price point and granite tends to be the least expensive material of the three, (with the exception of standard, solid-color Corian).

Wrap Up: Don’t forget, these three countertop surfaces are not your only options. Many of our customers love laminate which is very durable, cost effect and absolutely gorgeous with many style options available.

If you need a new countertop, kitchen cabinets or anything in between, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens are experienced professionals with all aspects of a renovation and would be happy to give you a FREE in home estimate for your kitchen in the Niagara Region.

Call us at 905-641-2284 or filll out the contact form for a quick response.

Stay safe and well everyone!

Granite Counters – Top Trends Now

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Granite is a gorgeous choice for a countertop in a kitchen and there are several trending types that seem to resonate with many homeowners.

Granite is special in that its naturally occurring variations make each slab a unique piece of art, plus it is very practical in that it is easy to clean and requires little maintenance.

Here are some of the most popular granite colours on the market now.

Kashmir White

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This warm white stone has just a bit of texturing and a salt and pepper pattern, making it easily matchable with dark or light cabinets.

It also is great for adding brightness to the room and minimizes the appearances of messes on the countertops.

Steel Grey

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A cooler toned granite,  light grey highlights the other shades of darker grays, creating a beautiful, neutral canvas.

White Primata

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A classic granite choice with a simple, yet elegant pattern. The black and gray crystals create a beautiful contrast against its white base making it a colour palette that works with pretty much all kitchen design styles.

Black Pearl

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With its gold, silver, brown, gray and even blueish mineral deposits this countertop is a lot more than just your basic black.

Black Pearl is a great countertop choice for anyone seeking to incorporate luxurious contrast in their kitchen design.

Desert Brown

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Perfect for warmer palettes and with darker kitchen cabinets.

This neutral counter colour has specs of brown with burgundy accents and has a rich feel to it.

Things to Think About

As you search for countertop surface materials for your kitchen project, keep in mind that any granite used for countertops occurs naturally and each one will look a little different.

TIP: The best way to view and select granite countertop samples is in the lighting of your own home to see what works for you!

ALSO: Remember that granite is just one of many types of great countertops that are available on the market today.

Need a bit of help with your kitchen plans?

The team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines welcomes you to contact us at: (905) 641-2284 or fill out the form below for a prompt response on all your kitchen project needs!

The Advantages of a 4-Inch Backsplash

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The 4-inch backsplash had been a standard in general construction installations for many years (as shown in the picture above) and many people love it.

Just to be clear the 4 inches refers to the length of the extension of the countertop itself that runs flush with the wall.

Here are a few things to consider about this style for your project.

Budget Friendly

A 4-inch backsplash is cost effective. It is made of less material than a half- or full-height backsplash and as a result, costs less to fabricate and install.


It has a clean straight line design that complements many different types of kitchen themes and design tastes.

Blends Well

When this backsplash is made from material that matches the countertop itself, it creates a pleasing and uniform look.

Keeps Wall Clean

The 4-inch backsplash does provide protection for the walls, from splatters and other kitchen activities.


It can also make a large kitchen feel cozier. By covering part of the wall, its height alters perception and makes walls seem shorter and a ceiling seem lower.

Are Their Drawbacks to this Counter Style?

As the saying goes “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and with this said, some people do not like this counter style as they consider it a dated look for a counter (other’s love it though)!

The other main drawback of this counter is that it is limited in the amount of wall protection it gives as it is lower than some other styles.

As with all design choices in a kitchen, it is really up to you as to what you like and what works with your daily kitchen regime.

There are many styles and materials available when it comes to choosing a good counter.

If you need assistance with this, or perhaps you need a full scale renovation of your kitchen space, the team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, ON are pros at designing, supplying and installing beautiful kitchens on budget and on time.

Call or email us for an in-home estimate today.

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