Choosing the Right Countertop Material
Whether they are for your kitchen or your bathroom, there is a lot to consider when deciding on the right countertops. One of the most important things you must decide on is the type of material you want your countertops to be made from. From the elegance and durability of granite to the luxuriousness of marble, there are plenty of options out on the market. In order to choose the right one, then, you must learn everything you can about the most popular types.
Granite is perhaps the most popular type of stone out on the market. Strong, durable, and heat-resistant, granite has remained one of the most sought-after materials. It also comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Keep in mind, though, that granite is a natural stone. Natural stone can come with imperfections such as fissures, veins that appear to crack, and pits. All of this is natural and does not reflect the quality of the stone.
Marble is another type of natural stone. Smooth and sleek, it typically comes in whites and/or grays with delicate veining and patterns. Marble is a uniquely beautiful stone, but it is not quite as durable as granite. As such, scratches and stains (unless sealed) can appear. Marble also can etch with frequent exposure to water. This is a slow erosion of the stone that can require service calls.
Unlike marble and granite, quartz is an engineered stone. This means that while it is derived from mined quartz, it is primarily made up of man-made polymer resins and pigments. There are benefits to go with an engineered stone rather than a natural stone. Namely, quartz is more adaptable, and it has a wider range of colors and patterns. It is also easier to maintain and lacks any imperfections. Quartz is not as heat resistant as granite due to the resins, so it is best never to place hot pots directly onto the quartz. Quartz has been a popular material as it lends itself to a more modern and sleeker look for kitchens and vanities.
They may sound similar, but quartz and quartzite are two different materials. While quartz is engineered, quartzite is a natural stone. As such, it is harder and more durable. Quartzite is often compared to a hard marble and requires sealing to ensure that staining does not occur. The colors and patterns are rich and sumptuous, easily adding a dramatic centerpiece to any design.
If you are still uncertain of what material you should choose for your project, we at UCI will be happy to help you select a material that will be a beautiful and enduring addition to your home!