Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? It’s never too early to start thinking about some big design decisions that could affect the kitchen’s overall aesthetic and even your home! One of the most critical choices you’ll have to make is what your countertops look like, particularly the material they’re made of. When it comes to stone, many people find themselves wondering about the pros and cons of granite and quartz countertops.
Depending on your lifestyle, budget, and personal taste, one stone may be better suited for your kitchen than another. So, let’s take a deep dive into the pros and cons of quartz and granite so that you can make a design and functional decision that is right for your home.
Quartz is a processed natural stone. It is an engineered surface that is often about 90% natural quartz and 10% polyresin, creating an attractive stone that can take on the look of almost anything, even mimicking the look of higher-end stones.
While quartz is durable and maintenance-free, the material has a few drawbacks to be aware of. Quartz is sensitive to heat, so hot pans placed directly on the surface can cause damage. Always use a trivet or other barrier when placing hot dishes on your quartz countertop.
Some people find that quartz can look overly manufactured because it is partially artificial. You may see a repeated pattern in quartz, which adds to the engineered look, which can look more basic than other materials, such as granite.
Most people immediately think of granite countertops when they think of their dream kitchens! Granite is one of the most popular choices in many home kitchens and is known for its stunning distinct patterns cut from natural slabs of stones and comes in a range of colors and grain patterns.
Granite is exceptionally durable and heat resistant. You can find this beautiful natural material in a range of styles and colors. Each piece of granite is unique, so choosing a granite countertop ensures that your kitchen or bathroom countertops will be one-of-a-kind.
One of the reasons granite is durable is because it is extremely heavy. Often, contractors will reinforce your floor beams to support the weight of the material. Granite requires regular maintenance to maintain its beauty, including annual sealing.
Tampa Bay Granite has a beautiful gallery of granite and marble countertops to help you transform your kitchen or bathroom into an eye-catching and functional reality. Our design and selection center allows customers to evaluate material options during the design process, ensuring their vision is fully realized upon project completion. From selection to installation, we will install your countertops within two weeks of creating your template.
With over 3,000 slabs of granite and marble on site, the team at Tampa Bay Granite is proud of our extensive and diverse selection. We boast over 50 years of collectible industry experience and take pride in our top-quality products, competitive prices, and exceptional service to all our customers. Visit us today at 5824 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33624, or call 813-908-2777.