Pros and Cons of Granite Vs. Quartz Counters for Kitchen Remodel in Colorado Springs

by | Jul 4, 2013 | Home Improvement

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When it is time for Kitchen Remodel Colorado Springs, one of the first things the homeowner will have to decide is the type of cabinets they will install. The next decision to be made is usually the counter tops, and often the choice of counter top will be chosen to compliment the cabinetry. In recent years, the popularity of granite counter surfaces has grown, but quartz counter tops may soon outpace that choice.

So what is the difference between these two popular surfaces, and how does the homeowner choose? Granite is a natural stone that is very hard and is chips/stain resistant. Since it is a stone found in nature that is cut into slabs for use as counters, it has a pleasing, natural look and comes in various shades and patterns. These can be browsed and compared at Sol Granite Stone & Tile Center.

Quartz is also a natural stone, but it is combined with man made elements as well. For this reason, it comes in a slightly wider variety of colors and patterns. It too is very hard and holds up will under heavy use, so it is another good choice for Kitchen Remodel Colorado Springs.

The differences are not substantial ones, but can make a difference for the long term. Granite is a little more likely to chip, stain and scorch than quartz, and it can be very expensive if a section needs to be replaced. Quartz, on the other hand, is very nearly indestructible under normal use, and is somewhat easier to match if a replacement piece is needed. In addition, quartz hides the seams better than granite, and it requires virtually no maintenance, while granite surfaces should be re-sealed periodically because they are more porous than quartz.

If a homeowner prefers the more nature-based look of granite, then that might be the wise choice. Otherwise, quartz is probably worth looking at, since it is generally a little less expensive than granite as well. The best way to make an informed choice is to view samples and finished counter top examples at Sol Granite Stone & Tile Center and make a direct comparison.

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