What are you looking for in a new kitchen countertop? Beauty, durability, ease of care, all with a feeling of luxury — those are the characteristics most homeowners crave. However, even with all of these requirements, you’ll run into the problem of choosing between granite and quartz countertops. One delivers modern luxury and the other classic luxury, and quartz and granite are nearly neck-and-neck for being America’s best countertop.
So, how do you choose? We’ll break down the pros and cons of each countertop, so you can decide which is the best fit for your needs, lifestyle, and décor.
Variety: Granite is a natural stone that is mined from the earth, then cut and shaped into slabs. That means the pattern varies between slabs, and your countertop will be one of a kind. However, this can also be a drawback for some people because you must pick out the exact slab you want to put in your kitchen if you want control over the final result. Some types, such as exotic granite, have subtle patterning so this won’t matter so much, but if you select a boldly patterned granite, you’ll need to visit the Orlando showroom.
Durability: Granite is the hardest natural stone countertop you can buy, so it is extremely durable. However, it is not indestructible and can chip or scratch if it’s not properly cared for. It must be sealed regularly for protection from stains and other damage.
Return on investment: Since granite is a high-end countertop that is valued by home buyers, it can help you sell your home for a higher price with less time on the market.
Ease of care: Granite must be sealed regularly, but once sealed it only requires a wipe with a soft cloth and mild cleanser to keep it hygienic. However, it is still prone to staining or etching from substances such as red wine and citrus juice. Also, you should use a cleanser that is formulated for use on natural stone.
Variety: Quartz kitchen countertops are manufactured from natural quartz crystals as well as other minerals and pigments bound together with a tough resin. It can be made to resemble other types of countertop such as marble and granite or can be a sleek, solid color. Since it’s man-made, each slab will be the same, so there will be no surprises when the installation is complete.
Durability: Since they are manufactured, quartz slabs are uniform in composition and not prone to cracking. Quartz countertops are also resistant to damage from heat, although the resin may discolor in extreme conditions. It may also discolor when exposed to sunlight over a long time.
Return on investment: Like granite, quartz countertops are high-end luxury surfaces that increase your home’s value.
Ease of care: Quartz countertops are completely nonporous and do not need sealing. They do not need any specific cleaning products.
With this in mind, there’s one thing that is certain. No matter which you choose, Quartz or Granite, you’re going to have an excellent countertop that will add beauty and value to your home. Visit the Edstone Inc showroom to find out what’s currently available, and compare them with our top-quality granite countertops.