Countertops: The Great Debate

Countertops: The Great Debate

When planning your kitchen renovation, bathroom remodel or other home renovations choosing the right material for your countertop may seem daunting. Should you use Quartz, porcelain, or granite? Which material is right for you? Below are some of the key features of the more popular materials to help make your best choice stand out more easily:

1. Quartz
Quartz is an engineered stone making it consistently free of any imperfections, is considered the most durable counter available and is very low maintenance.  Because it is manufactured as opposed to mined, Quartz is considered one of the most eco-friendly and customizable options as each piece is manufactured for each project individually.  It tolerates heat well, doesn’t require any seal, is non-porous which means it resists bacteria making it a good choice for food preparation, and because it’s so durable it resists scratches and stains more easily.

2. Granite
Granite is an excellent choice with respect to durability and like Quartz, also offers heat, scratch and moisture resistance but does require some maintenance in order to endure (maintenance is minimal however; the seal may require attention every 1-2 years depending on the particular stone chosen and how it’s used in the home). Because Granite is a natural stone, each slab has its own defining characteristics and so when selecting granite, it is recommended (sometimes required by certain suppliers) that you choose your specific slab and they are typically priced individually.

3. Porcelain
Porcelain is a man-made stone that is a great choice for backsplashes, showers, fireplace surrounds, as well as wall features. Porcelain is made by forming kaolinite-heavy material into glazed slabs or tiles; the glazing pigment added during fabrication produces an appreciate similar to many natural stones. Since porcelain is heat resistant, durable and easy to clean it is a great material for numerous applications in your home.
4. Quartzite
Quartzite is a natural stone that is mined unlike Quartz which is engineered.  It is beautiful and each slab is unique much like Granite. Quartzite is created when sandstone is put under high pressure and temperature and offers great durability and heat resistance for both kitchens and bathrooms. Because it is a natural stone, Quartzite will need to be sealed (every 6 -12 months) and require maintenance due to its more porous nature.
5. Marble
Marble is natural material and incredibly stunning and unique, it is not a recommended surface for kitchens especially.  Marble is a very soft and porous material allowing it to stain and scratch quite easily.  Marble does offer heat resistance and does require some maintenance (usually once per year).  Marble is a stunning choice for wall features, fireplace surrounds and bathroom vanities.
6. Onyx
Onyx is a translucent stone that creates stunning drama when underlit or backlit.  It is a naturally occurring stone that is porous, soft and can scratch easily so it is recommended for “lower traffic” areas.  Onyx can create a very eye-catching feature within any space and add ambiance and intrigue making it a perfect choice for a custom bar, feature wall or even backsplash.

If you have any questions about your kitchen, bathroom, or home renovation project, please feel free to reach out to our team – we’re here to help you create your dream space.