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A Quick and Easy Guide to Choosing New Countertops

It’s time to make your kitchen or bathroom more attractive and suit your style preferences. Choosing new countertops can be one of the more fun parts of a home remodel. That is, until you confront a myriad of options and become overwhelmed. Now, maybe the process is just confusing, or you’re worried you might make the wrong decision.

That’s why we’ve created this brief guide to help you choose between two of the more popular countertop options: Should you go with quartz countertops, or granite?

First, let’s review the difference between these two types of countertops. Whereas granite is mined from quarries all over the world, quartz is about 95 percent natural materials (ground quartz) mixed with about 5 percent polymer resins.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the other differences.

Environmental friendliness. You might think granite is more environmentally friendly, because it’s 100 percent natural. However, when it’s mined far from home and then transported to your site, granite countertops can leave quite a footprint. You can negate some of that effect by choosing granite countertops mined close to home, or by going with quartz countertops created within your region.

Durability. Quartz is nearly indestructible, whereas granite could be more easily damaged by a heavy blow. However, quartz is more likely to be damaged by heat, so pads must be used under hot pots and pans.

Maintenance. Granite is porous, so these countertops should be cleaned with soap and water daily. Spills can also leave stains, and these countertops should also be resealed about once per year to maintain their appearance. Quartz, on the other hand, does not ever need to be resealed.

Appearance. Both granite and quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and styles. However, quartz is more customizable, so you might have better luck finding exactly what you’re looking for.

Price. For many of us, the decision between granite or quartz countertops will come down to price. As with many aspects of a home remodel, the final price of either option will come down to the color and style that you choose. However, in many cases quartz can be a bit more expensive (although the difference is often not too significant). Because quartz is heavier than granite, extra work might be required in order to ensure the countertops have the proper support.

As you sort through the options, call us for assistance with your bathroom or kitchen remodel. We can help you understand everything available to you, and decide upon countertops that fit your design preferences, maintenance needs, and budget.