No kitchen remodel is complete without new kitchen countertops. Many older kitchens featured laminate countertops, which looked cheap and stained easily. Today’s top two choices during remodels are quartz and granite countertops, both of which look fabulous with the rich stains currently popular on kitchen cabinets. At first, these two products appear to be virtually the same. However, on closer examination, they feature fundamental differences that may greatly affect the homeowner’s choice.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
- Quartz is usually slightly cheaper than granite
- Quartz is generally easier to install than granite. This is due to several factors including its weight and its composition.
- Quartz is slightly lighter weight than natural granite and it is easier to cut.
- Since quartz has to be manufactured and mixed with various resins to achieve its strength, pigments can be added to it during this process. Therefore, quartz countertops can come in a variety of colors and offer a uniform appearance.
- Quartz is an abundant mineral throughout the world.
Benefits of Granite Countertops
- Granite countertops are well known for their beautiful three-dimensional qualities. Because granite includes many minerals, such as quartz and mica, it appears to be crystallized beneath its surface. This allows it to achieve a special gleam. It is less uniform in appearance than quartz, showing a distinct personality of lines, swirls, colors and particles.
- Granite is very durable, especially when it naturally contains quartz particles. It will not scorch when hot pots and pans are placed on it as quartz may, and it is meant to last for years.
- The seams between slabs of granite after installation are typically invisible while quartz’s seams are often visible.
- Granite countertops are known to increase the resale value of one’s home.
- Granite is waterproof once it is sealed. It will need to be resealed every one to two years in a very easy process.
- Natural granite slabs are quite environmentally friendly. They are taken from the earth in large chunks and are then sized to slabs and finely polished.
Superiority of Granite Countertops
Of course, both quartz and natural granite countertops make quite a style statement in a home, and both offer distinct advantages. However, there are a couple major points that make granite a clearer choice for the homeowner. The first point is that granite typically adds more worth to a home over the long term. The second and more important point is that slabs of natural granite are much more eco-friendly because they do not need to be manufactured as quartz does.
Choosing the best type of kitchen countertop to match with one’s kitchen cabinets during a remodel can be a difficult decision. Although quartz and natural granite countertops are similar in many ways, granite offers distinct advantages. For the environmentally conscious homeowner interested in natural beauty and in increasing the resale value of her home, granite slabs are the obvious choice.