When choosing between different types of cabinets, flooring, and countertops, a kitchen remodel can quickly become overwhelming. Especially if you’re not familiar with the options out there. Here, we’ll help you check one item off your to-do list by explaining four of our favorite countertop materials. Each option has something different to offer, and when you finish reading this post, you’ll know which one is right for your home.
Quartzite comes from adding heat and pressure to pure quartz sandstone. Though completely natural in form, it had added benefits that other natural materials do not. This metamorphic rock is similar in hardness and durability to granite and often appears on the surface just like marble. Many varieties feature a swirling of white and grey that can almost perfectly mimic marble. The giveaway is that quartzite has a more consistent pattern, but manufactures are getting better at replicating marble’s uniqueness. Also unlike marble, quartzite is pretty easy to maintain. Some varieties even come sealed, and although not always necessary, some homeowners reseal their quartzite every so often to maintain its look.
- Acrylic Solid Surface
Often, a kitchen remodel is put off because the homeowners just can’t afford the hefty cost of remodeling. If keeping your budget low is a priority, acrylic can be a great option for your countertops. This man-made material is very economical, but don’t let its cost fool you. Acrylic has many engineered benefits. It is durable, anti-bacterial, non-porous, stain resistant, and smooth. Compared to other countertop materials, it also offers consistency throughout and is available in a wide range of colors. If you do experience any scratches or damages, you will be able to easily and affordably repair them. You can buff out most minor scratches, and if you do need to call a professional, it won’t break the bank.
Imagine you could take the best of both natural and engineered materials. That is what was essentially done with the creation of quartz. To the eye, quartz is quite similar to granite, but it has more design consistency than its 100% natural predecessor. As far as durability goes, it is more resistant to scratches, stains, heat, and bacteria than granite, thanks to the addition of man-made materials, and it does not require sealing. Keep reading to learn more about granite and how it compares to quartz.
The top attraction of granite is its unique patterns. You will find varieties in white, pink or gray, depending on its mineralogy. But as we know, the durability of a countertop material is as important as its beauty. For a natural stone, granite is pretty durable. This igneous rock is resistant to scratches, heat and stains. The sun won’t damage it either, so granite has the green light for use in outdoor kitchens. Although some styles will come sealed for an extra layer of protection, granite should be resealed periodically to maintain its luster and beauty.
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