Walk through any showroom where you can see samples of new kitchen cabinets. You’ll also see what feels like a dizzying selection of countertops. You can’t have one without the other. After all, have you ever tried imagining what cabinets might look like without the accompanying countertop workspace? The good news for you is that, while the color selections may seem overwhelming, you can narrow down the choice of countertop materials without much stress. Today, we’re exploring two of the most popular materials for countertops: granite and engineered quartz. Here’s a comparison.
How Do They Make Granite and Quartz?
There’s a natural curiosity about how things are made but if you’re wondering about these two materials, it’s likely because you’ve heard about them on your favorite DIY show. While there is a difference, both materials make excellent choices. First, granite isn’t made, at least not by people. It’s mined from quarries. People cut the mined granite into slabs and polish the slabs. Quartz is a bit different. It’s also mined, but once extracted, quartz is ground and mixed with polymer resins. Then it’s manufactured into countertops. One is 100% natural while the other is 5% man-made.
Keeping Up Appearances
One reason so many homeowners fall in love with stone countertops is because of the wow factor. People who choose granite know their countertops will look unique. Since they’re formed from natural stone, no two slabs are the same. You’ll find granite in an almost limitless selection of colors and patterns. You’ll love engineered quartz for many of the same reasons. Quartz comes with the look of natural stone. If you’re goal is matching a color theme or you want all your countertops to look identical, quartz may fit your needs better. With plenty of options for color and design, when you go with quartz, all your countertops will match.
TLC for Your New Countertops
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, it makes sense to install new countertops, especially if your current workspace is worn and out of date. Knowing about maintenance may help you choose a material that holds up for many years. Because it’s resilient, granite, if properly care for, can last a long time. Granite is also porous and requires sealing every 1-2 years. Wipe up stains quickly to avoid staining and bacterial growth. Quartz is nonporous. That means the surface is stain resistant. You’ll still need to wipe up spills quickly because anything with heavy dyes, such as wine or dark juices, will stain.
The Price Difference
For home improvement projects always start with your budget. For most homeowners, the sky isn’t the limit. When planning your kitchen remodel in Bellevue, WA, selecting granite may be more cost-effective. The average cost for granite is around $60 per square foot. Quartz runs an average of $75 per square foot. Keep in mind these are only averages and don’t account for special colors, larger slabs, special edges, or installation.
There’s much more to add to the conversation about granite and quartz, for more information reach out to Eastside Design Group. They would love to chat with you bout these two amazing countertop materials. Visit our showroom or give us a call at 425-654-4144.