Popular Kitchen Countertops in Durham Region
By far the three most popular kitchen countertops in Durham Region are Granite, Marble and Quartz. Many people don’t understand that there are important differences between these three materials that affect their durability and maintenance requirements that you should be aware of before making a materials decision. When we at Manulock construction are remodeling or renovating a kitchen we make sure all our Durham Region customers are well informed about all materials choices including kitchen countertops.
Did you know that while Marble and Granite kitchen countertops are natural materials, that Quartz countertops are not? Quartz is a man-made engineered stone.
Each slab of granite or marble is unique and beautiful because it is a natural stone. Granite and marble are both found in a range of colors and possess mother natures endless array of patterns.
Quartz is a manufactured and engineered stone that can be produced in literally any colour, but its patterns are never as unique as the natural stone patterns.
Granite is extremely resistant to heat from common kitchen items like a very hot pot being placed on it while Quartz is generally not seen quite as resistant to heat. Having said that, recent tests by Consumers Magazine show that it can easily handle hot pots as well as granite does.
Quartz is the most resistant to staining and etching while marble and granite should both be sealed to protect from staining. Marble is particularly susceptible to staining and etching and once stained is almost impossible to remove.
Consumer Reports have an in-depth report showing Quartz and Granite at the top of the durability list of countertop materials while marble is near the very bottom in terms of durability. Download the Consumers Report on Countertops.
All three kitchen countertops will certainly beautify your kitchen and add real value to your home in terms of daily use and return on investment. Quartz requires the least maintenance. Granite requires a little more maintenance while marble, renowned for its sheen and beautiful veining, hence the term “marbling”, requires by far the most maintenance.
Unique Natural Patterns Or Custom Kitchen Countertop Colours
If choosing Marble or Granite you can even pick your own stone slab to find nature’s most unique pattern or if choosing quartz any colour you wish for your unique kitchen can be selected, however the pattern is man-made and not unique.
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen or replacing your kitchen countertops in Durham Region, feel free to give us a call or drop us and email, we will be happy to help you pick your new countertop and install it for you!
All three kitchen countertops will certainly beautify your kitchen and add real value to your home in terms of daily use as well as return on investment. Quartz requires the least maintenance. Granite requires a little more maintenance while marble, renowned for its sheen and beautiful veining, hence the term “marbling”, requires by far the most maintenance.
This is the first of a series of 4 articles on kitchen countertops. It will be followed by 3 new articles this month, one on Granite countertops, one on Quartz countertops and one on Marble countertops. Those articles will explore their unique strengths and weaknesses.
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