The product that is right for you!
When it comes to picking out granite or quartz countertop surfaces, many people are at a loss of what to choose. Rest assured though that you are not alone in your quest for the best countertop surface!
Let us also assure you that there’s no real right or wrong countertop when considering these two wonderful surfaces. Simply put, both granite and quartz are great countertop options. To better help with your dilemma, we have a couple of questions to help us narrow down which countertop will work best for you.
Which do you prefer, naturally occurring beauty that will be unpredictable or a consistent countertop pattern and color?
Granite is a beautiful choice, but it’s not appropriate for everyone or every kitchen. This comes into play because granite often makes for a bold statement, especially considering that some granite patterns are difficult to ignore. Confused by that last statement? Think back to the last kitchen you saw with a bold granite countertop. Do you remember anything else about that particular kitchen? Often times granite with large designs and a lot of color can become the focal point of the kitchen, making the rest of the features barely noticeable by contrast. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is something to keep in mind when you go countertop shopping! If your kitchen already has a lot going with patterns and colors, then you may wish to find milder colors and patterns when looking into a new countertop. With regard to style, typically speaking, granite fits in more with a traditional design.
We also strongly recommend going to the warehouse yourself and picking out your granite slab for your countertops. This way, you can avoid any “surprises” that may arise after installation. As splotches may be bigger or smaller than at the showroom, a tone or hue may be different or the rock formation could change the pattern as the granite is mined, it’s best to be there in person to inspect things. You just don’t know what little change may happen in the rock from the time it was mined and put in the showroom to the slab that actually get installed in your kitchen.
While granite is natural and unpredictable, Quartz is man-made and more uniform. What you see in the showroom is almost exactly what you’ll get installed in your home. Some have small splotches while others are bigger. They even come in different textured looks. For example, Silestone has a line that reminds me of honed limestone or marble. Because of the uniform appearance and smaller splotches some colors in quartz work well with a heavily patterned kitchen backsplash. This makes quartz perfect for more modern kitchens.
How much countertop upkeep are you looking for?
Most granite surfaces require sealing. For those surfaces, they are sealed before they are installed and then you will need to re-seal the countertop every 4 to 6 years. This will help protect your investment and keep your countertop from staining. If you’re instead looking for a countertop with minimal upkeep, we suggest quartz. Because quartz is nonporous and doesn’t require sealing like granite. This makes for a great selling point for quartz since it makes it more difficult to stain and happens to be antimicrobial. Neither granite or quartz is completely stain proof, however quartz offers greater stain resistance.
So when it comes to choosing your own countertop, you have to decide which is the best for you and your kitchen. As we mentioned earlier, there is not true right or wrong answer for your question. What it boils down to are the above benefits we’ve explained, your own personal preference and which countertop surface looks best in your kitchen. Either way, whichever countertop you choose will be great!