Quartz v. Granite: Which comes out on top as a Kitchen Countertops?
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Photo by Houzz by Kelly Cross
It’s only natural that granite is still the most popular countertop choice in the U.S. With its richness, depth, and beauty, it’s easy to see why most homeowners prefer its luxurious look. But quartz surfaces, such as CaesarStone , are quickly gaining on granite. In fact, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has identified the shift as one of 2013’s Top Industry Trends. Here’s why…
Granite may possess natural beauty, but “man made” quartz surfaces, as it turns out, have a bit more to offer than what simply meets the eye. CaesarStone, for example, is made by combining 93% crushed quartz with high-quality polyester pigments and resins—
which make the material very strong. Besides strength and durability, the material can be shaped and fabricated into numerous applications throughout the home. It comes in a greater range of shades over granite and it’s far stronger with greater impact-resistance.
Photo by Houzz by Alison Glen Designs
Caption: Quartz may be easily shaped into numerous applications throughout the home.
Quartz surfacing is crack, scratch, and chip proof. It’s easy to clean (damp cloth and water) and virtually maintenance-free. However, most unique property of quartz surfacing is that it’s a completely non-porous substance. Unlike granite, it doesn’t require regular sealing. In fact, it doesn’t need sealing at all.. It’s also impervious to stains, heat, and harsh chemicals. (It’s even certified for use in hospitals and restaurants to reduce the spread of bacteria.)
All things being equal, the choice between granite and quartz surfacing comes down to personal preference. Do you want a material that’s consistent throughout? Are you looking to contrast cabinets with a striking “Apple Martini” colored countertop? Are you keen on the idea of having a sink/countertop combo that’s fabricated together as one piece? If so, then quartz is for you. But, if you lean toward colors found mostly in nature, and you love the idea that no two slabs of granite are exactly the same, granite is probably the way to go. Either way, you’re sure to have a countertop that stands the test of time.
Browse through our inventory of quartz surfaces online www.marbleandgranite.com. As the exclusive carrier of CaesarStone in New England, our showrooms in Westwood, MA and Milford, CT are great places to experience the latest trendsetting styles and colors in person or pick up a sample (subject to availability.)