Things to consider when choosing countertops
April 11, 2018
A countertop used to be a work surface. As the kitchen has evolved into a stylish showplace, the countertops have become a major contribution to the look of your kitchen and the performance of this work surface. Here are some things to consider when choosing countertops. The most common choices in today’s kitchens are granite and quartz countertops. These stone surfaces provide durability and lasting beauty. There’s a seemingly endless spectrum of colors and patterns so you can certainly find the right piece for your vision. Granite vs. quartz: What’s the difference? Granite is a natural stone that is mined, cut, and polished into large slabs. It is resistant to heat but as a stone, it’s porous, which makes the countertop susceptible to stains. Granite is also very strong but can be chipped with a hard blow. Because they are not manufactured, no two slabs of granite will be identical. You can choose the color and pattern that you like but you will not see the same details in your countertops unless you pick an actual slab. Quartz is mostly stone. It’s made of 95 percent ground quartz that is blended with 5 percent polymer resin to bind it. The material is harder than granite but can be damaged by a hot skillet or pan. It looks and feels like stone and presents two distinct advantages over granite.
- While granite needs to be reson-porous, solid surface that does not require resealing.
- Unlike granite, quartz is manufactured, so you can order a color and pattern and receive what you expected.