Remodeling your kitchen takes up a lot of money. With more preference given to the kitchen cabinets, you might end up saving little for the countertops. The most affordable choices for the kitchen countertops are quartz or granite.
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Pros of Quartz Countertops
- Quartz does not need sealing.
- It is stainless and does not offer a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.
- Quartz is heftier than granite. If you test which stone chips easier, quartz is more flexible and more robust.
Pros of Granite Countertops
- Since granites come in jumbo slab sizes, one need not worry about seams.
- Appropriately sealed granite countertops do not soak water and other liquids.
- Granite has a vast range of pricing. Therefore, you can choose from high-end to low-end granite for your countertops. However, one needs to keep in mind that exotic granites are incredibly costly.
The Durability of the Countertops
Durability is a vital element when it comes to all home improvements. Similarly, your countertops need to present a lasting impression. Granite is extremely durable, heat-resistant, and adds elegance to space.
Granite and quartz countertop needs daily cleanup. The Quartz and Granite Countertops are stain-resistant. However, granite countertops are not impervious to liquid. Spilled water might soak into its surface. Therefore, prompt cleaning is essential. If an oil-based stain creates, it may leave a temporary color. One can easily maintain such countertops by cleaning with a damp cloth. There are also specific granite cleaners available in the market which you can opt for. A wet cloth can easily remove dust, powder, and crumbs.
If you use the surface for food preparation, as in a kitchen, you will need daily disinfecting with hot soapy water. Granite usually forms minuscule crevices and pores as it ages. However, these pores do not hinder the smooth surface of the countertops. Depending on the stone’s color and makeup, you might notice a residual film after you wipe it with soap. All you have to do is clean it with a damp cloth.
The bathroom countertops will leave residual smudges, grime, soap build-up, toothpaste smears, and so on, which you can easily clean with water. Avoid using acidic cleaners as they will potentially bleach the stone with time, resulting in a dull surface.
While buying granite countertops, one need to keep in mind that proper sealing of the stone should occur. You can ask your seller for the added information regarding the process of warranties for your countertops. Most companies give warranties of sealing for up to fifteen years. However, it is crucial to clear such doubts foremost before purchasing the items. Experts recommend sealing the stone frequently if you know you will use the countertops on a heavy-duty. Pay careful attention to the cracks or pores. You can purchase over the counter sealer kits to easily apply to cure the stone and attain the best performance.
The right countertops will look timeless. Whether you want to install the countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, make sure you invest in longevity that will contribute to space’s beauty.