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Tips with Taylor: Countertops

Posted by Taylor Haight on January 24, 2019
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Deciding which type of countertop to put into your home can be a difficult decision. Today, we will be looking at the pros and cons of Granite vs. Quartz countertops. Hopefully at the end of this blog you will be able to determine which type of countertop best fits your lifestyle and home.

Granite

Granite is a very hard stone that is 100% natural and is mined in quarries. Due to this, no two granite slabs are the same, which contributes to its beauty. Granite is a very versatile material and comes in many different colors and patterns depending on how it is cooled and solidified. No matter your favorite style of home there is a color and pattern of granite that can work for you. The most common color of granite is black, followed by lighter colors which can help open up your kitchen.
Granite is a very durable material that is resistant to heat yet it is porous due to its natural stone nature. Due to its porous nature, it is susceptible to stains if it is not resealed once a year and properly cleaned. Granite is easily cleaned with mild soap and water and is perfect for many families. It is also less price-y than quartz, but the reduced maintenance of quartz might offset the cost in the long run.

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Quartz

Quartz is a man-made material that is made up of 95% natural materials and 5% polymer resins. It allows for homeowners to get the look and feel of stone while being able to customize the design. It is available in many different colors and patterns which can offer a high-end marble look at a much lower price. Since it is an engineered material it can be more environmentally-friendly than granite as well, however, it does come at a higher cost.
Quartz is a very durable material and is non-porous, making it resistant to stains without having to be sealed. It is also relatively bacteria-free by nature, helping to keep your home clean. Although it is a highly durable material it can be damaged by excessive heat so make sure to use a hot pad at all times. Quartz does tend to be a bit more price-y, but at the end of the day it provides a beautiful look to any space.

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Granite vs. Quartz…the debate still remains, but hopefully knowing a little bit more about each of these beautiful materials will help you pick the right countertop for your home.
-Taylor

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