Choosing new countertops can be very interesting but intimidating at the same time. There are a number of materials, colours and brands available one can get lost. That is why it is important to inform about all the options beforehand. All materials have each own characteristics, but one is certain- stones are the most durable and the highest quality. Although you will pay more at the start, they are a good investment, because they will last you the longest.
Granite is a natural stone that is known as the hardest material out of all stones. Because of that, granite is highly resistant to scratching. Its resistance to high temperature is even more impressive, as it can handle them without melting or breaking. In fact, you can put away a hot pan or pot on your granite countertops without any worries. Granite countertops need to be sealed in 1-2 times a year. They will resist staining to a certain point, but it is not entirely stain proof.
The cons of the material are that it can be heavy and sensitive to acids. You should avoid cleaning agents that contain acids or bleach because they will damage granite’s surface and leave a discolouration.
Marble is considered by many the most beautiful stone. It is often used for public institutions, banks and hotels because it represents luxury. It is recognizable by the veining it usually has. When it comes to everyday use in the home, marble is a great heat conductor. Marble countertops absorb temperature quickly and are suitable for busy kitchens for that reason. They are also very easy to clean, with just soap and water.
However, marble is also sensitive to acids, which you should avoid at all costs. Marble is also a soft material that can get scratched. You should always use a cutting board in the kitchen to prevent it from scratching.
Quartz countertops are different from granite and marble because it is the only material that is manufactured. It is made of natural quartz and resins. The resins act as a sealant, which is why quartz doesn’t need to be sealed regularly, unlike natural stones. Quartz countertops can look like both marble and granite and their colour palette has numerous options. Quartz is the only out of three that is non-porous, which makes it highly resistant to staining.
It is also a very tough material and will not get scratched easily.
The cons of this material are that it can be very heavy and it is UV unstable. Quartz is for that reason, recommended for indoor use only.
All three are great options for both bathroom and kitchen countertops, but there is also one more aspect you should consider and that is the price. Generally speaking, quartz is the most affordable, but it all depends on the colour. Some colours are rarer than others and will be more expensive. But if you find a colour that you like and it fits your budget, you should definitely choose it no matter which material it is.
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