Quartz Kitchen Countertops CT
Two of the most popular and world-wide considered the best countertop materials, that is Quartz and Granite. Going head to head for years for the top in the countertop market, these two slabs are each unique in their own way. But first, let’s understand a bit more about the two stones.
● Granite: Granite is a very hard stone, one that is 100% natural (unlike its counterpart, Quartz). This stone is mined from quarries around the world and is cut down to a manageable size and afterward polished for a final touch. Due to the way the stone is formed it comes in many colors and patterns. Whether you’re looking for a subtle compliment to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite countertops are the same.
● Quartz: One of the main reasons Quartz has dominated the countertop market is due to its appearance. Quartz, being an engineered stone, still has a natural look to it while allowing the homeowner to customize his or her design. Because of this, the selection of choosing your slab with Quartz is much easier than with Granite.
Maintenance and Durability
An important aspect to consider before purchasing either one of the stones is maintenance. Maintenance was and is one of the most significant traits in a countertop.
When it comes to durability, Granite is a durable material that’s resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements. Due to its porous nature though, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting and damage can be done if your counter receives a high impact blow.
● Quartz: Like Granite, you’ll want to clean any spills you have on the countertop with soap and water. The solid surface means that there is no need to have your countertops resealed.
When it comes to durability, Quartz is definitely the best. Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t porous like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Be careful with cooking pans though: Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use heating pads at all times.
Prices of Granite and Quartz
While prices very much depend on the length of the project, location and of course what type of slab you choose for your perfect kitchen makeover; we averaged out the price for you in a way that you will have an overall idea where the market is at. To ensure the longevity of your investment, consider having your countertops resealed once a year.
● Quartz: Depending on the quality of the Quartz and style of edging, this stone can cost between $1,500-$5,500. Because engineered Quartz is heavier than other stone surfaces a professional installer needs to make sure space is structurally sound; hence the price.
The different kinds of Quartz stones
Quartz being as it is, an engineered stone can come in any form – meaning we can customize it however we want. Have you ever walked into a house and saw that a countertop looked exactly like Marble but was actually Quartz? That is the beauty of this stone. So what Quartz stones resemble the most Marble stones, we put this list for you:
● Silestone Calacatta Gold: Silestone Calacatta Gold is a Quartz stone from the Eternal collection of the brand. This Quartz material has a white background with thick grey veins all over the surface of the countertop. Be it worktops, splashbacks, or upstands; the surface is a great choice for a host of interior installations.
● Silestone Lyra: Homeowners looking for a clean break from their Carrara Marble should consider the Lyra. This Quartz surface is from the Nebula collection of the brand and as compared to the natural stone is more practical and stronger, making it a great choice for installations for kitchen countertops.
● Silestone Lagoon: Lagoon being a modern classic, if most suitable for almost every kind of decor. This is definitely a stone for those who want a one-size fit for any design