When you’re remodeling your home, whether it be the kitchen or bathroom, you’ll have to choose which kind of countertop material you want to have installed. There is a variety of different kinds of materials to use for counters like wood, plastic, stone, or ceramic, which can make this decision process all the more challenging. However, a few options that are currently popular on the market and among homeowners in Colorado are granite and quartz. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of each material, thus helping you determine which kind you will have put in place.
While Quartz may be easier to work with due to its flexibility and ability to go without sealants, it doesn’t look anywhere near as good as a natural slab of granite and even costs more. Quartz also isn’t as heat resistant as Granite, which doesn’t make it very practical in kitchens.
The colors added to Quartz are pigment fillers; you’ll be able to tell the difference in quality quite easily. That being said, a Quartz piece will have a more “plain Jane” look in terms of color scheme and visual appeal. In regards to color, another downside to Quartz is that it is vulnerable to color variation by sunlight exposure.
So imagine a kitchen that has an island with Quartz as its counter. There are also windows in the kitchen, yet when the sunlight shines through, only about half the counter is exposed. If this happens on a regular basis, that one side being exposed to sun will eventually fade in color, while the other side (not in the sun) will maintain its original color. The outcome? An inadvertently, multi-colored counter that makes your project clash rather than flow.
Granite provides great durability coupled with a rich, natural beauty that is truly organic and unique. While Granite slabs require a bit more maintenance than Quartz, what makes them superior to man-made materials is their heat resistance as well as their value.
Granite is incredibly heat resistant. Being made from magma, your granite countertops will resist anything you pull out of the oven or off the stove because those appliances can’t even reach those temperatures. Keep in mind that repeated heat exposure can lead to issues like black marks. Even a sudden change from cold to extremely hot can cause cracking.
Granite will make the better choice for your projects over man-made materials because not only does it look better, it also doesn’t depreciate in value over time. It is an investment that will ultimately increase the resale value of your home. Granite also has a multitude of color schemes to choose from. While two slabs may have similar colors, each one is truly unique in its own way. Even slabs listed with the same name can look completely different from each other, giving the homeowner the ultimate, creative experience.
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