Attributes of Engineered Quartz & Granite Countertops

Engineered quartz and granite countertops are both popular options for homeowners looking for a stylish, high-end countertop surface that is both durable and beautiful.  Not only do these products improve your kitchen’s aesthetics, they will also increase your home’s resale value.  The experts at Shiva Granite & Stone explain the valuable attributes these two high-quality countertop options.

Engineered Quartz Countertops

Quartz-kitchenEngineered quartz is manufactured combining about 95% natural stone with 5% plymer resins.  It is a very hard surface, can have the same look and feel as other stone countertops, is easy to maintain and long lasting.

With engineered quartz, you are able to choose from a huge range of textures, patterns and colours.  Since the stone is engineered, you are not limited to the natural colours of the stone, though you could choose those earthy tones as well.  This option allows homeowners to get creative with their colours and design, choosing from colours like aqua marine to fire engine red to chocolate brown.

You can also choose different patterns or textures of your engineered quart countertop.  Coarsely ground stone produces a speckled appearance where finely ground quartz will have a smoother look.  Engineered quartz can also mimic the look and pattern of a natural slab of granite or marble, for those wanting to achieve the traditional look of stone countertops.

Engineered quartz countertops can be easily cleaned with warm water and soap.  Their polished finish will stay intact for many years and the non-porous nature of the engineered stone makes it stain, scratch and dent resistant.

Granite Countertops

GraniteGranite is the classic choice for hard-surface countertops.  Homeowners enjoy the uniqueness of granite, as each slab is difference showcasing distinct colours and natural patterns.  Like engineered quartz, granite countertops will add value to your home and in addition to that value, will not depreciate over time.

Because of their non-porous nature, granite countertops are incredibly sanitary.  Moisture and bacteria can not penetrate the surface and they are easy to clean with warm water and regular soap.  They are also very resistant to heat, so you won’t have to worry about placing a hot pan on the counter!  Once sealed, granite countertops are stain resistant and their natural colours and patterns will never fade.

Choosing your stone countertops

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, Shiva Granite & Stone in Calgary offers the best selection of engineered quartz and granite countertops as well as marble and slate stone products.  They are accredited by, which means they have a proven track record for high quality products, craftsmanship, customer service and satisfaction.

Get a quote on your new stone countertops today!

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