In our last article, we talked about some of the differences between granite and quartz, and what their special characteristics are. In this post, we’d like to break it down into the three most important questions you can ask when you are deciding which material may be best suited to your tastes and needs.
You can use this short checklist to help guide your conversation with a trusted marble and granite expert as you make decisions about the design and installation of your new countertops:
- Do you want a natural look, or something that is more uniform?
Granite is 100% natural. For many people, this holds great appeal, and they prize the variations in shade, hue, and even the little natural inclusions within the stone. However, others prefer to have more control over the look of the material, which makes quartz a great option for them. Quartz countertops are engineered from crushed quartz and polymer resin that acts as a binding agent. Pigment is also added to the mix, so you can customize a quartz countertop to be any shade of color you want, and you can be sure that the color will be the same from piece to piece.
- How much wear and tear are your countertops going to get?
While both granite and quartz are hard materials that are pretty durable, quartz is much more resistant to chipping and staining. If you know your countertop will get a lot of usage, or perhaps see a lot of spills over the years as your kids grow up, quartz may be the better option for you. If you know that it will not be a problem to protect your countertops from spills and damage, the natural appeal of granite may win you over.
- How much do you want to put into maintaining your countertops?
Daily maintenance for granite and quartz countertops is about the same: both should be wiped down daily with plain soap and water. Most mild household cleaners are also appropriate for both materials. For quartz, that daily maintenance is all that’s needed. For granite, however, your countertop will need to be sealed when it is installed, and you’ll want to get it resealed every year. This will help protect against, but is not guaranteed to eliminate, staining. In deciding between the two, you will have to weigh other factors like appearance and whether the material is 100% natural against the level of maintenance required.
Both granite and quartz countertops can transform your kitchen, and add significantly to the value of your home. Use these three questions to guide you in choosing which material is best for you and your family, and talk to a professional to help you weigh their pros and cons in making your decision. The end result will be a beautiful countertop whose benefits you will enjoy for years to come!