When building or remodeling your home, you'll get to choose the type of kitchen and bathroom countertops that will work best for you and your family. Two very popular countertop materials are granite and quartz. "At our showroom in the heart of the Midwest, we sell far more quartz than granite," said Steve Meyer, owner of Steve's Flooring & Design. "They're both great choices, but each homeowner has to decide what aesthetic they are going for, and which features, including durability and maintenance, are most important to them."
Granite is a natural stone that is mined from quarries, cut into large slabs, and shipped to fabricators to be made into countertops and other products. Quartz, on the other hand, is a man-made product constructed of ground natural quartz and polymer resins. While granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, quartz offers more variety with options ranging from a clean look with little to no pattern, to large veined designs for dramatic effects.
Granite can be cleaned daily with mild soap, but is porous so it must be sealed properly prior to use and periodically re-sealed as needed. Without the sealer, granite can absorb bacteria, stains from oils and acidic foods. Quartz is non-porous, so it doesn't require a sealer; it's easily cleaned with a mild, non-acidic cleanser.
Granite is very durable and heat-resistant, but a hot pad or trivet is recommended; if a hot pan is set where a natural fissure is filled with resin, the resin could pull out. While quartz is harder than granite, it is susceptible to damage from high heat, so a trivet should always be used.
Some types of granite can be used outdoors in a patio setting under certain circumstances, but quartz can not, as strong UV rays can fade the material. "I'm happy to guide our clients through the process so they are sure to have countertops that they'll love for years to come," said Meyer. For more information about granite and quartz countertops, please contact:
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450