There are so many countertop materials available that you can use in your home. Homeowners and designers find it difficult to picking the best choice for their home. Some of the best sellers are granite and quartz countertops. They are loved by homeowners because there are beautiful, hard and most important of all, durable. As much as they have a lot in common, there are so many differences that will come into play when choosing the perfect one.
Granite is among the most popular countertop material. It is loved since it is natural and has some beautiful earthly colours that go a long way to adding complexity and simplicity (ironically at the same time) into your home. All the same, granite is lacking in some aspects.
To help you restore peace of mind, here are the top six reasons why you should choose quartz instead of granite.
Every homeowner wants to get more for less. Home renovations are always on a budget. If you want the best value for your money, then you are better off choosing quartz. Quartz is equally appealing and has all the needed requirements to make a great countertop but it is less expensive than granite. If your kitchen is large enough, the cost of your countertop can quickly sky rocket your budget. However, with quartz, you can have your countertop installed without compromising on great looks.
Unlike natural stone like granite, quartz can be crafted with a custom appearance. Quartz is made from 93% natural quartz and 7% resins meaning that you can create a quartz slab with exactly the same colour, texture and pattern as customers would want it. in this light, quartz has more colours and patterns than any other countertop.
Like mentioned above, quartz countertops are made using 93% natural quartz stone and 7% resin binder and colouring dyes. This means that you get an extremely hard stone that can be cut into shapes and sizes that might be impossible with natural stone.
Most natural stones are porous. Granite and marble are both porous. They contain capillaries between the mineral compositions meaning that unsealed granite and marble can absorb spills which can permanently stain the counter top. Quartz has no capillaries and thus doesn’t require sealing. Quartz is extremely resistant to stains. This makes it easier and cheap to maintain and clean.
The porous nature of granite and marble make them susceptible to bacteria. This means that quartz countertops are more ideal in the kitchen where we need hygienic conditions. It is effectively advantageous when it comes to food preparation and consumption. Quartz is recommended for household with little children.
Every home owner wants a countertop that is user friendly. Quartz is as user friendly as it might get. Cleaning a quartz countertop is easy and hustle free. With just soap and water, you can remove almost all spills and food leftovers on a quartz countertop. And since it is not porous, it is more forgiving on stains. We cannot say the same for granite. You will need special detergents to clean a granite countertop without harming and decolouring it.
You will agree with me that as much as granite looks awesomely naturally, quartz is more practical when compared to granite. Once you install the worktop, you will need not worry about it again. Most dealers give a long time warranty as long as the quartz was installed by a qualified technician.