Why Granite And Quartz Are Great Countertop Materials

One of the best kitchen remodels is to install a new countertop. Some tract homes come with cheap, laminated countertops. However, most people prefer the look and style of natural stone countertops. This article will explain the differences between quartz, granite and marble, so you can know the drawbacks and advantages of each before you make a final decision.

Quartz and Granite

Quartz is one of the most common minerals on Earth, so it is easy to see why it is so widely used in construction. It is also beautiful and hard, making it especially ideal for usage on countertops. On the Measure of Hardness scale (or MOH) quartz is a 7. For reference, a diamond is 10 (the hardest) and talc is a 1 (the softest). Quartz is slightly porous, but it is very easy to seal to make it completely waterproof. If you keep your quartz sealed over the years, you will have a sanitary, scratch free surface that you can even prepare raw food on.

It is also worth noting that quartz is a type of granite. Nonetheless, you will often see granite countertops advertised next to quartz. They are very similar in both their cost and physical properties. One distinction is that granite counters are cut straight from the Earth, polished, sealed and ready to install. Your granite countertop will be 100% natural. Quartz slabs are produced with a small percentage of aggregate to give them great strength. Some people think this takes away from the style of most quartz slabs.

When shopping for granite or quartz countertops, you should make your decision based on what every color or pattern you find that fits you budget. They both require similar maintenance and should be sealed every few years.

Avoiding Marble Countertops

Some people think that marble is the best solution for a kitchen countertop. However, marble is much to soft for daily usage in a kitchen where you are constantly cutting. Most marble has an MOH rating of 3-4. This is why some of the world's most famous sculptures are made out of marble, and also why you should avoid installing it on your kitchen countertop. A marble kitchen countertop would not be as practical or durable as a granite or quartz.

Granite or quartz will add a lot of stylish functionality to your kitchen. It is a major investment, but it will significantly increase the value of your property. For more informaiton, contact a company like Cornerstone Builders of Southwest Florida.