Whether you’re renovating the kitchen or bathroom or would like to include some custom natural stone work in other rooms of the house, choosing materials like quartz and granite will improve your home’s aesthetics and resale value. Read on to learn the benefits of quartz and granite countertops:
Granite and quartz are strong and durable materials.
Granite is a sustainable, natural material. It is formed from liquid magma, a molten rock found at the core of the earth, and cooled down to form a material that is incredibly hard and durable. It’s strength and density comes from being solidified under the ground and under extreme pressure.
Your granite countertops will be resistant to heat. That means you can put your hot pots right on your counter’s surface! They are also resistant to scratches. Granite is non-porous so when sealed properly, are resistant to stains too.
Quartz is made from one of the hardest minerals on earth and are arguably the most durable option for kitchen countertops. Unlike granite and other natural stone, quartz is engineered in a factory. Your quartz countertop will be made of about 94% quartz mixed with polyester resins to bind it together and pigments to give it colour.
These polyester resins help make the countertop stain and scratch resistant. It is non-porous so it will never need to be sealed.
Granite and quartz are beautiful and unique.
Have you noticed how granite countertops seem to glimmer and reflect light? The third dimension of depth is what sets granite apart from synthetic surfaces. It’s ability to reflect light back into the room gives an ambiance that can’t be duplicated and that luster and colour will never fade.
You can choose from a wide variety of colours so that your granite countertops match the design of your home and your personal taste. Since your granite slab will come from deep within the earth, with it’s own unique colouring and grains, your countertop will be completely unique and one-of-a-kind.
Quartz has the same illuminating, beautiful look as granite but since it’s engineered it gives you plenty of options with design and colour. Manufacturers have gotten very creative when making quartz slabs and there are now a wide variety of designs available. For example, manufacturers offer multi-hued slabs with enough flecks, swirls and random patterning to make them nearly indistinguishable from a natural stone slab like granite.
For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the quartz and resin mix for a unique look. You can also choose from a selection of finishes including honed, sandblasted or embossed finish. Whether you like the look of matte limestone, textured slate or glossy granite – you can have an engineered quartz countertop that suits your design taste.
Granite and quartz will add resale value to your home.
Not only will quartz or granite countertops increase your personal enjoyment of your home, they can also increase your home’s resale value. Kitchens and bathrooms are the first rooms a potential home buyer will look at when deciding to buy your home. Granite and quartz countertops enhance the look and the function of your kitchen, making your home more appealing to potential buyers and they never decrease in value.