There are various materials that work well for kitchen countertops. Granite has long been a popular choice in the kitchen due to its durability and other exceptional features. However, granite does have some competition from materials such as marble, quartz, and others. When you need the perfect stone countertops for your home, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or other location, we have outstanding options at Granite Unlimited Inc.
Granite vs. Quartz
The natural composition and gorgeous appearance of granite tends to set it apart. Each slab design is unique and cannot be replicated. In addition, granite is a hard material that withstands heat very well. It does not scratch or chip very easily, but it can sustain etching damage. Sealing granite on a yearly basis can help keep it in top condition from year to year.
When it comes to durability, granite and quartz are in somewhat of a competition. Quartz is man-made and highly durable. It is actually harder than granite. It will not chip or crack. It is also stain resistant. Granite is a natural material, displaying beautiful colors and patterns that are unique, as mentioned above, with each slab. Quartz has the advantage as the easiest material to maintain when it comes to its use for countertops.
Marble is a natural, soft stone that features stylish hues, intricate detailing, and wide appeal. It is available in honed and polish finishes. Marble is a popular choice when trying to create an expensive, high end appearance.
The softness of marble makes it susceptible to scratches, stains, and heat damage. It must be maintained yearly with sealing and cleaned daily or regularly with soap and water to keep it in optimum condition.
Wood butcher block countertop styles provide a warm look to any home. These cottage style countertops, when sealed properly, are ideal for preparing food on since they do not retain undesirable bacteria on their surface.
Porcelain surfaces are resistant to stains, scratching, heat, and damage from UV rays – they will not fade or sustain damage in direct sunlight, making them ideal for outdoor kitchen countertop applications. Due to its non-porous nature, porcelain also resists bacteria and germs very well. As a highly hygienic surface, it will not absorb liquid or leftover food.
So when you are consider which countertop material is best for your kitchen, review the various characteristics mentioned above for each type of material. These considerations along with your budget can help you determine the right material to choose.