The Top 3 Most Heat Resistant Countertop Materials

May 17, 2021

When shopping for new kitchen or bathroom countertops, a lot of homeowners worry about the potential for spills, stains, and discoloration… But what about damage from heat differentials? While we always recommend using trivets and hotplates no matter what kind of countertops you may have, it’s worth pointing out that some countertop materials are indisputably more heat resistant than others. 

For families who may frequently set hot pots and pans on the counter or use heating appliances for styling in their bathroom, choosing heat-resistant materials can be an important part of shopping for new countertops.

What Are the Most Heat Resistant Countertop Materials?

Granite

Commonly known for its toughness and durability, granite is also extremely heat resistant. Compared to other natural stone materials, granite is less prone to chipping or cracking in the face of heat differentials.

However, granite countertops can still be damaged by extremely high heat. Depending on what kind of sealant is used on granite countertops, heat can damage the sealant and leave discoloration. While this doesn’t technically damage the granite itself, it can still lead to unseemly marks on a countertop.

Quartz

Unlike granite which is harvested in solid slabs, quartz is mined, ground up, and then engineered into slabs in a factory setting. The result is the toughness of natural stone, with some of the added ease of maintenance found in synthetic countertop materials.

Like granite, quartz itself is extremely heat resistant. However, the sealant on the quartz countertop can still be damaged by high heat under the wrong circumstances.

Engineered Stone

In the same vein as quartz, other engineered stones (like Caesarstone or soapstone) can be extremely heat resistant. Because it’s produced in factory conditions with durability in mind, engineered stone is unlikely to crack or experience discoloration as a result of contact with high heat.

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