When looking to purchasing a new home, naturally you want to know you're getting the best features. While everyone has their own tastes in materials and finishes, when it comes to countertops, most people think of two options to choose from: quartz or granite.
But which one is better for your unique lifestyle?
We've broken it down for you. Here are a few things to consider.
Quartz Counter Tops
This man-made material is becoming increasingly popular, not just because of its uniform look, but also because of the fact that reputable builders are increasingly including it as a standard in their builds.
Quartz offers an abundance of designs, so you'll be sure to find something that catches your eye. As mentioned above, this is a partially man-made stone typically comprised of natural ground quartz and polymer resins. Different brands allow you to have more control over colour and pattern; an option you don't generally get with fully natural stone.
Quartz is a good choice for people with kids or who are harder on their kitchen space. This is because quartz is quite durable, making it more resistant to scratches and other forms of wear and tear. It's also easy to clean, needing only soap and water to keep it looking its best. Keep in mind, however, quartz can be damaged by heat so it’s important to protect it from direct contact with hot pots, pans, dishes, and the like.
Quartz generally costs less than granite, depending on the type you choose. This is good incentive to do some research ahead of time so you know which builders include quartz as a value-added standard as opposed to an upgrade.
Granite offers a sense of natural luxury, unique to other countertop options. But is this the best option for you? Let’s explore what makes granite different.
One of the most unique qualities of granite is, well, its uniqueness. Being a natural product, no two pieces are alike; so if you want something where the exclusivity excites you, this could be a perfect choice. There are several colours and patterns of granite to choose from and they can be easily custom tailored to suit any size or shape.
Granite is very durable and resistant to heat but is also porous and needs to be sealed regularly. Without proper sealing, granite is prone to both staining and bacteria. Also, hard blows or intense impacts can cause this material to chip or break.
The cost of granite is generally a little more than other options; however, the effect a granite countertop has on your resale value is well worth it. In fact, this happens to be one of the most popular upgrades people look for when buying a new home!
Don't forget the kitchen sink
There are two popular ways to mount a sink on a quartz or granite countertop: either on top or as an undermount. All the photos above show the sink mounted under the countertop - hence the term undermount. This is a very common method as it hides the lip of the sink and keeps the top surface flush. There is a myriad number of styles of sinks too. Check out this informative guide for more details.
Now that you know the difference between granite and quartz, you can choose which of these materials will suit your individual tastes and lifestyle. Be sure to talk to your builder about your eye-catching countertop options.