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You May Know That Solid Stone Countertops Are Still In Style, But Did You Know That Granite is Out and Quartz is In?

I'm sold on rolling out my holiday cookie dough directly on a bacteria-proof countertop!

Everyone knows that granite countertops are hot; all you have to do is watch any shelter television shows and one of the first things they look for is granite countertops.  There's nothing quite like for a luxurious natural beauty that adds value to your home.  It's unique as no two slabs are the same.  It's shiny and heat resistant.  

But did you know that engineered stone...quartz (Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria) is even better?  It's hard to believe because everyone loves granite.  But here's why you should give quartz a look.

Care and Maintenance

Although granite is somewhat stain resistant, it is porous and must be sealed upon installation and that sealer regularly maintained to retain its beauty.  Quartz, on the other hand, does not require a sealer.  It is non-porous and inherently resists stains from common kitchen stain sources such as wine, tomatoes, and coffee.  Its non-porous nature also makes it resistant to bacteria. 

Cambria's Princetown which I fell in love with when I saw it at the Kitchen and Bath show in January.

Durability

Even though granite is a hard rock, it has natural imperfections and can chip and crack.  On the other hand, quartz countertops are made from natural quartz; one of the hardest materials on earth.

 

Aesthetic

I'm in love with Charcoal Soapstone by Silestone for the look of soapstone without the mainenance issues.  

Quartz is better than granite because its creation is controlled.  It has a cleaner, simpler aesthetic with a more consistent pattern.  When you choose granite, you go to the slab yard and pick your stone, but when it's installed in your house it might not look like you thought it was going to.  Its natural flaws are there for everyone to see.  With quartz, there are no surprises.  What you see is what you get. 

And there are endless choices in design and color!  It used to be that quartz was the choice if what you wanted was a more even, consistent look and the randomness of granite did not fit in with your design.  Now, however, quartz manufacturers are making some beautiful renditions of the natural material with the appeal of a more durable and easier to maintain surface.  Win / win.

 

Now here's the question I know you're wondering...price.  The answer...about the same.  Sorry.  So that's not a consideration in this choice.  

 

There is a place for both of these products.  It all depends on what you want.  If the imperfect beauty of a natural product appeals to you, then granite is your choice.  If you are a serious cook and don't want to worry that you or your family are abusing your countertops, quartz is the way to go.

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