Countertop Basics All About Granite & Quartz
Are new countertops something your home needs?
The popular choices currently are granite and quartz.
What are the differences between the two?
- Granite is a natural material. It is mined, and like any natural rock, there are variations in the appearance of the slabs. It can stain or crack if care is not taken, and it must be sealed periodically.
- Quartz is a manufactured product, and therefore has a more consistent appearance than granite. Quartz is made from quartz dust and resin, so it is nonporous and requires no sealing.
We are seeing a migration away from granite, as many clients tell us, “I want something different.”
While the starting price point on granite is lower than on quartz, there is a much wider price range on granite. Granite pricing is generally based upon availability/scarcity of the stone. Where the stone is quarried also affects the pricing, as granite that comes from deeper beneath the earth’s surface makes it more rare and more costly.
You may be wondering about marble. Marble is much more porous than most granite, and therefore requires more vigilant maintenance and sealing. Today’s quartz offers an extremely realistic marble visual and is much easier to take care of in a heavy-use area like a kitchen, so many homeowners choose quartz.
When choosing countertop colors, consider your kitchen’s lighting. If your kitchen has little or no natural light, select a color that has a significant amount of white, gold or light-colored specks. Dark colors like deep blue, mahogany and black look best in areas that receive substantial light.
Come by today and let the Enhance Design Consultants help you select the perfect new countertops for your home!
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