Do you find yourself paralyzed with trying to decide between granite and quartz countertops? Today we’re going to give you some pointers to make a good choice between these two heavyweight contenders. although quartz is making some inroads granite is still the undisputed champion of the countertop world it is the most popular by far countertop that gets you think it’s today. because granite is quarried out of the earth and then sliced up into the pieces that we see and use and familiar with with countertops it’s really important that you actually go to the warehouse and pick the slab that will get used in your house. if you try to pick granite off of a sample you’re going to find that the top that shows up at your house probably isn’t going to look like the sample that you looked at. now granite does require a sealer as I’m sure you’ve heard. and we recommend for most Granite’s that you seal it once per year. there are some sealer options out there that are warranted for 15 years, obviously they have some costs associated with them as well. speaking of cost granite is priced in levels. so it starts at level one to three goes up from there. some granite warehouses are going to have it as A, B, C. same concept either way, but they or one being the lowest cost granite and they get more expensive as you go up the line. now quality of granite doesn’t vary based on the price. so when you pay more for a granted it’s not a higher quality more durable granite. think of it as a semi-precious stone, where the less of it there is the more it’s going to cost. and some of the exotic Granite’s that get a little bit expensive they actually break a bit easier. so they get broken more often in fabrication and that drives up the cost of it as well.
Let’s take a look next at course and its pros and cons. unlike granite quartz is a man-made product. it’s about 90 to 93 percent quartz crushed up and mixed with seven to ten percent resin binders. because of this, quartz is very dense and non-porous so you don’t have to worry about sealing it like you do with granite. the other advantage to it being man-made is that it’s very uniform. so you’re able to make your selection out of a little sample like this. that uniformity also lends itself better to tight seams that are less noticeable. because of the randomness of granite sometimes it seems can be quite obvious. quartz is just as heavy but a little bit more flexible than Granite. so less likely to break on the installation. from a cost perspective the entry-level for quartz is just a little bit higher than granite. to the lowest level quartz is Amalia notch above the lowest level granite. however the cost of the two materials is so close together that most people make their choice based purely on aesthetic. a lot of times the quartz lends itself better to a more contemporary look and design because of the uniformity of the material.
As you can see there’s really not a bad choice to make between these two products but I hope the information we’ve provided today, aid you and getting off your decision paralysis.
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