If you’re remodeling or building a home, the type of countertops to install in your kitchen and bathrooms can sometimes be a point of contention. Sure, they all look nice, but which stone is the most durable, works well near water, and is the least likely to stain? All of these questions should be on your mind when choosing whether a natural stone like granite or an engineered stone like quartz will work best in your home.
Engineered stone vs. natural stone countertops:
Natural stone is, well, natural. It’s taken right from the earth, polished and cut into slabs that will later be cut in precise dimensions for your countertops. Even though granite can be engineered, most remodelers choose the natural option. Quartz, on the other hand, is always engineered, meaning color pigments and polymer resins are added to it in order to bind these particles together. Quartz may not be as engineered as you think, however, since Caesar Stone quartz countertops are made up of 93% quartz aggregates and only 7% of color pigments and polymer resins. Still, if you’re in the market for an entirely natural stone, granite is your best bet.
The benefits of investing in natural stone countertops:
Let’s face it: granite is beautiful. It comes in countless colors and patterns that will perfectly anchor the décor in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s a sanitary and easy to clean surface, two added benefits since it will be featured in a high traffic area like your kitchen. And if you like to cook, this surface is great for baking and can even be used as a cutting board!
When choosing granite, be sure to note that although granite patterns are breathtakingly unique, they’re also very hard to match up perfectly if one of your countertops is damaged.
The benefits of investing in engineered stone countertops:
Quartz is an extremely durable material that happens to be scratch and stain resistant – wonderful upsides when cooking in your new kitchen! When it comes to maintenance, quartz countertops are a dream. There’s no sealing or polishing needed, just a wipe down with warm and soapy water for cleaning. A quartz countertop will vary less in its pattern since it is man made, so replacement pieces will easily match up with your original counters.
You might not be able to find natural beauty in a quartz countertop, but there are plenty of color and pattern options available.
Call today and request a free quote:
Rock Fin specializes in both quartz and granite countertops, providing our customers with countless options for their remodeling and building needs. If you’re interested in our natural and engineered stones, please request a quote from us today!