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Ottawa Kitchen Counter Choices: Granite or Quartz?
When looking for the right kitchen counter top for your Ottawa kitchen, there are a ton of options – including the huge selection to be found at TNT in our showrooms serving Ottawa, West Ottawa, Carp, Kanata, Stittsville, West Carleton, Dunrobin, and Arnprior. But let’s examine two, natural granite and manufactured quartz.
Natural Versus Manufacturing
While granite forms naturally from from minerals and stones pressing together deep within the earth. Quartz on the other hand is a man-made product manufactured from quartz crystals and resin. While it looks like a natural stone, it has gone through a manufacturing process that resembles the natural process that forms granite… pressing, heating, etc.
Granite kitchen counter tops will offer more variation in colors and patterns while quartz counter tops are typically uniform in color and pattern. The random patterns you get from granite that make each piece unique won’t be found in quartz. It really comes down to personal preference as some prefer the natural beauty of granite while others prefer quartz’s consistency and uniformity. And when you are selecting a material for your Ottawa kitchen counter tops, consider that quartz sections are easier to match up at the seams whereas granite can show variation at the seams due to its natural design.
As strong and durable granite counter tops are – being formed in the earth tends to do that – the manufacturing process of quartz counter tops yields an even harder and more durable slab than granite. Even though quartz counter tops are stronger and manufactured, quartz cannot be repaired if chipped or scratched. Damaged granite counter tops can often be repaired to minimize the appearance of scratches or damage. And while both quartz and granite counter tops provide a similar level of heat resistance, granite is much more porous and susceptible to staining (and trapping bacteria) than quartz counter tops.
The Effort Required (Maintenance)
Because granite counter tops are more porous, they are more difficult to keep clean and more vulnerable to stains. Granite counter tops need to be sealed upon installation and at regular intervals, typically once a year. because quartz counter tops are non-porous, they require no sealing.
Quartz and granite kitchen counter tops are pretty similar in cost, between $50 and $100 per square foot installed.
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