To use or not to use granite? That is the question. There are so many choices today when it comes to countertops. Another big question is affordability. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your current home, we are here to help.
Though granite has been a staple for a while, quartz and quartzite are gaining popularity. Quartz is typically more expensive than granite, so it’s important to get an estimate for the square footage needed before you begin. Quartz countertops are an engineered, man-made composite material and are very durable and germ resistant. It is made by mixing crushed quartz with a polymer to create a slab.
Not to be confused with quartz countertops, quartzite is a natural material. It is mined from the earth like granite or marble and cut into slabs. While quartzite is resistant to heat warping and etching, it can show scratches and burn marks. Like other natural materials, it should not be cleaned with abrasives, and will need to sealed annually. For someone who likes the look of marble but needs more durability, quartzite would be a good option.
Granite is still an affordable solution and there are a tremendous amount of choices available. Honed and leathered finishes for granite have been sought after as an alternative to the traditional polished granite.
Since there are so many to choose from, we do suggest that you hire a professional to help you through the process of product & color selection, and a complete look for your kitchen or bathroom. Hire a designer that can manage your project from start to finish.