Countertops are one of the key elements to a kitchen remodel. The quality and aesthetic of your kitchen countertops can increase your home’s value or detract from your hard work, so it’s important to choose the right material for your kitchen counters.
As you navigate the many decisions that go into remodeling your kitchen, you may be trying to decide between quartz or granite countertops. Let’s explore your options to help you make the choice that best fits your lifestyle and needs.
Granite countertops are sealed and can withstand direct heat, such as placing a hot cooking pot on the counter surface. Quartz lacks this feature. Due to the porous nature of granite, liquid left for long periods may stain the counter, making timely cleanup a priority.
Quartz is a more adaptable option for unique kitchen counter configurations. Quartz can be poured into multiple shapes and variations, while granite arrives as a solid slab or multiple solid pieces. Granite can be cut, but is more limited in accommodating unique and unusual shapes.
Quartz can be more environmentally friendly if it is regionally manufactured and installed by a local fabricator. To make granite a greener choice, select an indigenous stone type. If going natural is high on your list of priorities, granite is a natural material, while quartz is modified from its original structure.
When price is a determining factor, consider granite countertops. Up front, granite tends to be less expensive than quartz and might be a better option for those remodeling on a budget. Keep in mind that granite may need periodic maintenance, adding to the cost of ownership over time.
Both granite and quartz are long-lasting countertop options with minimal maintenance. Granite may require resealing to maintain its resistance to liquid absorption. Quartz does not require resealing.
Your dream kitchen should be both beautiful and functional. As you make decisions for your kitchen renovation, keep these points in mind and think about how you want to use the space. Consider which factors are most important to you, such as being environmentally friendly or no maintenance. Look at your budget and clarify what you can realistically afford while getting as many of your wish-list items as you can. Contact us if you’d like professional advice as to which counter type is best for you. We’d love to help you make your dream kitchen come true.