Once upon a time, choosing a countertop was easy. There was granite, and then there was everything else. However, nowadays people's tastes have changed significantly, and more people are eager to try out other materials that had been overlooked in favor of granite. One material option that many people are now considering is granite.
These countertops are not 100% natural stone, but they have a number of benefits that make them a serious choice for those looking for a high-end countertop.
Aesthetics are primarily a matter of taste. However, it can be said that quartz offers more options compared to granite that makes it more likely to meet different individuals' aesthetic tastes.
Quartz countertops are not cut from natural stone like granite. Instead, this material is engineered. This allows for the use of different patterns and colors to produce products that are unique and stylish in appearance. As an engineered product, quartz can also achieve a level of uniformity that more natural materials can't.
Since we are talking about a high-end countertop material, it's important to also discuss the cost of quartz compared to other materials. On the lower end of the spectrum, experts haven't seen much difference in the cost of quartz compared to granite.
However, at the other end of the spectrum, high-end quartz countertops are slightly less expensive than those made from granite. This is possibly due to the fact granite is 100% natural. The lower cost of quartz will be appealing to buyers looking to save some money.
Ease of Maintenance
Maintenance is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to countertops. Countertops will be exposed to water, food matter, and liquids that can easily leave stains behind. Some materials have to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining.
In the case of quartz, this type of countertop requires a lot less maintenance compared to granite. Granite has to be sealed regularly to reduce its susceptibility to staining. A countertop that doesn't demand the extra work will be appreciated by many homeowners.
Many homeowners will install high-end countertops with real estate values in mind. A granite countertop might be slightly more impressive since it's 100% natural. However, homebuyers will probably be impressed with quartz as well since it's also a high-end material. If you chose the right design, it may even have a bigger impact on buyers than granite would have.