Comparisons

Kitchen & Bath Materials Performance Matrix

  CAST POLYMER
Cultured Marble Products
SOLID SURFACE OTHER MATERIALS

ATTRIBUTES

and
KEY SELLING PTS

CULTURED
MARBLE
CULTURED
GRANITE
CULTURED
ONYX
SOLID
SURFACE
(granite, solid colors, etc.)
SOLID
SURFACE
(verigated,
textured)
COMPOSITE
SOLID
SURFACE
(spray granite, other sprayable surfaces.)
NATURAL
GRANITE
ENGINEERED
STONE
TILE SMC
COMPOSITE
CONCRETE LAMINATE STAINLESS
STEEL
CERAMIC
CAST
IRON
COMPOSITE
SINK
BUTCHER
BLOCK
WOOD

Surfacing Materials (Residential, Commercial, Industrial for Kitchen, Bath & Utility)

Custom colors & color matching

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Limited

Limited Limited Limited No Limited Limited No

Curved & custom shapes available

Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited

Stain resistant

Excellent Excellent Excellent Very good Very good Very good Poor Good Tile-good
Grout-poor
Good Very poor Good Great Good Great Poor

Mold/mildew resistant

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Joints no Yes Joints no Yes No Joints no Yes Yes Yes No

Uniformity of appearance

Fair Excellent Fair Excellent Fair Excellent

Inconsistent

Good Excellent Good Inconsistent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Varies

1-piece construction available integral sink/counter

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

Yes
Visual &
Dimensional

No No No Yes No No No No No No

Custom textures

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited No

Non-porous

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Grout no Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Affordable price

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Ease of maintenance

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No

Ease of repair

No No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No

"Designer" look

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Limited No Limited Limited No No Yes Limited

Ease of installation

Easy Easy Easy Professional needed Professional needed Professional needed No No No Professional needed No Yes Yes 2-Man Job Yes Yes

Heat resistant

No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No

Impact resistant

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No

Delamination

No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No

ATTRIBUTES

&
KEY SELLING PTS

CULTURED
MARBLE
CULTURED
GRANITE
CULTURED
ONYX
SOLID
SURFACE
SOLID
SURFACE
COMPOSITE
SOLID
SURFACE
NATURAL
GRANITE
ENGINEERED
STONE
TILE SMC
COMPOSITE
CONCRETE LAMINATE STAINLESS
STEEL
CERAMIC
CAST
IRON
COMPOSITE
SINK
BUTCHER
BLOCK
WOOD

Bath Lavatory & Kitchen Sinks

Bath Sink

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No

Kitchen Sink

No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes

Sealant Required

No No No No No No Yes Yes Grout-yes No Yes No No No No Yes

Inconspicuous Seams

No No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No

This information provided by ICPA (International Cast Polymer Alliance). 
For more information, see their website at:   www.icpa-hq.org

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