Quarterly To Annual Care
Although granite is generally stain resistant, it is not totally impermeable to liquid. Water spilled on granite may soak into its surface if not cleaned up promptly. This water “stain” will disappear as the water dries. If an oil based liquid is spilled on the granite, it may leave a temporary stain which can be removed using a special paste that will draw the oil out of the stone. To prevent spilled liquids of all types from marring beautiful granite surfaces, we recommend properly sealing your stone. The amount of time between sealing will depend on the color, nature, and use of your counter tops. If you cook in your kitchen on a daily basis, regularly entertain at your wet bar, or if traffic in your bathroom is especially heavy, more frequent sealing is recommended. Sealer kits can be purchased at most home improvement stores and are easily applied. Most over-the-counter sealers will need to be given time to cure for proper performance.
Some homeowners seek professional assistance from a licensed contractor who has access to higher grade commercial sealing products. These commercial sealers often come with warranties of up to 15 years.
Those who decide to upgrade to granite countertops will want to protect their investment by keeping their new surfaces looking timeless. Is your home ready for an upgrade that will endure? Robert Frost is essentially correct in his assessment in the fleeting nature of all things around us, which is why it is important to invest in things that have longevity and will contribute to the beauty of the space in which you dwell.
When It Comes To Cost: Quartz Vs. Granite
Granite is less expensive than quartz. The cost of entry-level granite is $40 per square foot, whereas quartz begins at $70. High-end granite can cost up to $200 per square foot, while quartz can cost up to $175.
There is no doubt that you’ll have to delve deep into your wallet for either product. You should budget between $2,000 and $3,000 for a 28-foot-square quartz counter. Here are some additional details to help you receive a more accurate estimate.
In most circumstances, you’ll pay less for granite. Prices can vary based on where the stone comes from and how uncommon it is.
Fortunately, the cost of granite countertops has decreased dramatically. Previously, granite was slightly more expensive than quartz. However, because quartz has been directly competing with granite for the last 15 years, the price of granite has declined while quartz manufacturers’ costs have increased.
Overall, you may have to pay somewhat more for quartz, but the difference is unlikely to be huge unless you have a big kitchen. The most important thing is to set a budget and then try your best to stick to it.
When it comes to appearances
This is co a matter of personal preference. Don’t allow anyone to tell you which one is more attractive. Quartz is made by some very attractive companies, including Caesarstone and Cambria.
If you are staring at a painting and totally adore it, and then someone comes along and tells you how horrible it is, you will still adore the painting despite the negative criticism. The same can be said about quartz and granite.
They both make wonderful countertops, and one will pique your interest more than the other. It’s just human nature, and you’ll have to select which you prefer.
Some people prefer the look of granite over quartz because it has a more natural, earthy appearance. Others appreciate the sleek, homogeneous appearance of quartz. The great news is that you can never go wrong with any one!
Why does quartz appear to be more popular than granite?
Granite looks like it has already gone mainstream. It was the popular material to replace laminate counters in the 1990s, and it lasted that way for at least 20 years.
However, designers, real estate agents, and especially home renovation television shows needed a hot new product to expose us to, and quartz was poised to take granite’s position as the “it” countertop. Even though quartz has surpassed granite in overall popularity, granite remains the best-selling natural counter on the market. However, now that the costs of Silestone and other quartz manufacturers have risen above those of granite, things are beginning to even out.
Your home’s indoor air quality
Concerns have been raised concerning the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be present in quartz or granite countertops. Quartz countertops are made up of roughly 90% quartz and 10% epoxy binder (resin), and acrylic. This means that most quartz countertops have more VOCs than granite countertops. On the other hand, some granite slabs have low levels of radon. However, both alternatives are suitable for indoor use.
Increasing the value of your home
The addition of a stone countertop to your home will undoubtedly boost its value. While many upgrades will not increase the value of your property, a lovely stone countertop will have an influence on the bottom line. When you resell your property, you can expect to recoup the cost of your purchase, and adding a new counter can also help your home sell faster.
It’s challenging to comprehend how much of a difference a quartz or granite countertop can make when selling a home. Some prospective house buyers are put off by laminate because they do not want to deal with the hassle of replacing it.
Granite and quartz countertops attract home purchasers like bees to flower gardens.
The effect on the environment
When upgrading their houses, today’s consumers strive to make the most environmentally friendly decisions possible. In terms of countertops, quartz materials have a lower carbon footprint.
Many of these products incorporate recycled content, and the production process is more environmentally friendly. Granite must be extracted from the ground and transported around the world to the manufacturing site. While quartz is mined abroad and brought to the United States, one company undertakes its own processing in this nation.
A quartz countertop from Cambria is the way to go if you’re looking for the most environmentally-friendly choice. The majority of their products are manufactured in the United States, which helps support the local economy while saving on the fossil fuels required to ship their items overseas. Their products are also Greenguard Certified, which means they do not affect indoor air quality. Cambria also recycles 100% of the water utilized during manufacturing.
When it comes down to it, both of these stone countertops need a significant amount of energy to manufacture and excavate. On the other hand, they are highly sturdy and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. In this way, they can be seen as a long-lasting countertop that might potentially last the full lifetime of the house.
So, which one should you go with?
Most of us will only remodel our homes once, so we want to get it right the first time. We want something that fits into our hectic schedule, is low-maintenance and will leave an impression on us every time we step into the kitchen.
When it comes to the final decision, there is no wrong choice; only personal preference. My preference is granite, but if you go with quartz, you will have an excellent countertop. You cannot go wrong as long as you choose the one you adore the most.