Stone countertops are very popular now. Many new and renovated homes list granite countertops as a selling point. However, engineered quartz may be even better. It has the same beauty as granite, but it doesn't need as much maintenance. Here's why you should consider having quartz countertops installed instead of granite.
Quartz Isn't Porous
The big difference between engineered quartz countertops and granite is that quartz isn't porous. While granite is hard and durable, it stains easily since it soaks up fluids if it isn't sealed. Even water can leave a stain. That doesn't happen with quartz. Quartz countertops are made from a mix of quartz and resin. This makes them hard and durable without the drawback of soaking up fluids.
Since it isn't porous, quartz doesn't need to be stained every few years, which reduces the amount of maintenance required. And since fluids don't seep into the countertops, they are more sanitary since germs won't have a breeding ground.
Quartz Comes In Many Colors
Granite has a very distinctive look. It is available in natural stone colors such as brown, blue, red, and black. Quartz, on the other hand, is available in about any color you can imagine. That's because the color is added when the countertop is manufactured. You can be more creative with your décor when you choose quartz. You can pick countertops that blend in well with your paint scheme, appliances, and decorating style. One point to consider is that the overwhelming popularity of granite in the last decade may cause it to look dated in years to come. You can avoid this by choosing your own colors rather than going with trends.
Quartz Appears Seamless
It's usually easy to spot seams in granite because it is difficult to match the grain exactly when joining two pieces. Also, unless the two pieces come from the same slab, they will probably have slightly different hues. Since quartz is a consistent color throughout, seams are nearly invisible. The seams are sealed with colored glue and then sanded so they aren't noticeable.
While quartz has advantages over granite, it's important to remember, it's made from actual stone, so it's heavy just like granite. Before you get your heart set on stone countertops, you'll need to have a contractor check your cabinets and kitchen floor to make sure they'll support the weight of your new countertops.
Once you're set to have them installed, be prepared for a lengthy process that includes a contractor measuring for the correct size and custom ordering the supplies. Once they are in place, you'll enjoy the benefits of stone countertops that add beauty along with a functional food preparation surface. And the best part is, your new countertops will be practically maintenance free.
To learn more, get in touch with a company like Artisan Granite & Marble.