Trying to decide between granite and quartz can be a challenging decision without being properly informed of the individual features that both granite and quartz have to offer. The best way to come to an educated decision is to review the key features that both offer and how well they fit your needs as well as your budget, because like everything else they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Your decision between granite and quartz will largely come down to the basic features that each countertop offers and your personal preference. I have put together a list of some of the key deciding features of both granite and quartz to help with your decision making process.
Granite is a naturally strong and dense stone that is extracted from the earth in large blocks then cut into useable slabs. The slab is then polished with a polyurethane sealer or resin that makes the slab waterproof. A natural veining of colors sets the granite countertop apart from all others.
Quartz also is a natural element and is a very hard surface and virtually scratch-free in its crude form. A quartz countertop is made of mostly 90% quartz along with other materials which ranks them to be the hardest and most durable countertop on the market today.
The major differences between granite and quartz are quarts offers a larger range features than granite countertops. They are less porous and less vulnerable to staining and contamination due to bacterial growth than granite countertops. Quartz countertops are more uniform in color and pattern. However, granite countertops have that natural look and uniqueness in the color veining. Overall costs between granite and quartz countertops are affected by cost and return. Therfore granite countertops have more bang for the buck for contributing to the value of your home and bringing a higher return on resell.
Personal preference will play a major roll in the decision making process. If you intend to add value to your kitchen, granite countertops are the ideal choice. It is important to take you time on making your decision due to the fact that once either is installed they become a permanent feature to your kitchen having to be destroyedin order to be removed. Whichever you decided whether granite or quartz countertops it is important to take care of and maintain them as needed.
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