A new countertop not only enhances the look of your kitchen or bathroom, but also makes the entire space more useful and easier to maintain. When it comes to countertop materials, three come to mind: granite, quartz and marble. Granite Works highlights the numerous benefits of each one below.
Thanks to its durability and stain resistance, granite is one of the most popular countertop materials in the market. If properly sealed, it can withstand hot pots and pans and does not leave water stains. While it comes in a variety of colors, the choices for such are limited compared to other materials because of the fact that it is made of natural stone. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance countertop that doesn’t fade or isn’t sensitive to cleaning chemicals, granite is a worthwhile countertop material to consider.
Marble is a great choice if you are looking for a countertop material with unique veining and natural modeling. It is also cool to the touch and much softer than granite, making it the ideal surface for baking. However, due to its porosity, it is highly sensitive to acidic liquids and chemical cleaners. That’s why wine spilled on marble must be wiped away quickly. A high-grade sealant, often applied by manufacturers or installation specialists, is necessary to protect the countertop surface.
This countertop material isn’t entirely made of quartz. Manufacturers mix the powdered form of the mineral with resin, plus dyes for coloration, and then form them into slabs. The result is engineered quartz, which is known to tolerate heat associated with cooking or serving food and resist etching caused by acidic liquids. However, since the composition of quartz is relatively uniform, it doesn’t have many natural grains, flecks or veins.
All three countertop materials have their benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to research thoroughly or consult a countertop expert like Granite Works. Call us today at (301) 640-5010, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We proudly serve homeowners in and around Maryland.