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Which stone countertop is best for me?

Choosing the right countertop can be a very difficult decision. There are many factors to consider, such as price, look, resale value, aesthetic, and installation. For each family, each home, the choice may be different. Remember that the final decision is yours – so the choice that’s best for one person may not be right for another.

Here are a few things to help you decide which counter is right for you:

Quartz Counters
Quartz counters are non-porous and never require any sealing. Spilling liquids will not result in staining and they just require a quick cleanup. They are almost completely no-maintenance and are very durable.

Quartz usually has more colour options and the colour can be more consistent. Since a quartz countertop is made from crushed quartz that is mixed together, the manufacturer can control the patterns and colours.

They can, however, be discoloured by sunlight. If one part of the counter is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it may change colour over time.
Quartz is usually the cheaper option, but not always, depending on the countertop you have chosen.

Quartz or Granite?

Granite Counters
Granite kitchen counters offer a more natural look, since they are basically a piece of rock that has been dug out of the ground and cut into the shape of a counter. Many people love that “back to nature” style, which accounts for its popularity.

With that natural look comes some aspects that some may consider drawbacks while others consider advantages. Granite counters are not uniform in colour. There will be variations throughout the rock. In fact, the sample you see in the store may not be an exact match to the one that is delivered.

They can also be chipped and broken, if subjected to heavy abuse. They also need to be sealed, since granite is porous and can be stained.

If you’re interested in investing in a brand new counter, or a complete kitchen remodel, come and talk to the amazing staff at Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms. We’ve got the perfect counter for you.

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