Picking the right material for your new countertops can be one of the most stressful decisions of any kitchen remodel or makeover. You want to find a stone that fits perfectly into your color scheme without having to sacrifice any durability or functionality. Most homeowners find themselves stuck deciding between two of the most popular options: granite and quartz. Deciding between these two beautiful options can be tough, and the reality is that each one can look stunning in many kitchens. If you find yourself stuck between these two beautiful options, come into Hantel Kitchens & Baths today to see our extensive showroom of beautiful samples.
Granite is a naturally occurring stone that can take on a wide variety of different colors, patterns, and veining depending on what inclusions are included and at what depth the granite was formed. From deep greens to a kaleidoscope of browns, whites, and blacks, granite gives off a very natural look that will look good in most clean and simple color schemes. If you do not like the look of natural stone, granite should be avoided, as there is no way to manufacture a piece of granite that will fit your exact design choices.
Granite is a durable stone, but it needs to be sealed and treated regularly in order to avoid any staining or discoloration. Once stone discoloration occurs, it can become a much bigger problem to fix granite. As long as you are confident that you can stay ahead of any potential discolorations or wear and tear, granite is a great option for most countertops.
Unlike granite countertops, quartz gives you the largest range of color options on the market. Quartz countertops are man-made by pulverizing smaller stones and mixing those with a polymer resign to create a beautiful and natural finish. Quartz allows you to create monochromatic masterpieces or heavily veined slabs that will fit any design. Although many quartz countertops are in the classic white color, you can easily customize quartz to be any color through natural variants like beige quartz or grey quartz, or even manmade colors for a real pop of color.
One of the best features of quartz is just how durable and easy to maintain it is. For most quartz varieties, there is almost no upkeep to do after installation. Any chipping that may occur (however unlikely that may be) is extremely easy to fix, and you will have to do no major treatments for years or even decades. Most quartz manufacturers also offer a warranty on their material, which you will not find on granite.
Both of these beautiful materials will easily last for years of regular wear and tear without any real issues, so if one is calling your name, you can’t go wrong. If you like color variations and extensive veining in your stone, granite will serve you well, whereas quartz countertops will keep your space uniform, pristine, and easy to maintain. If you are going to be redoing your countertops, make sure that you get the best installation team in the business on your side to get your project done quickly and efficiently. Trust our expert team here at Hantel Kitchens & Baths to get pristine countertops for your space on a budget and timeline that you will love.