Looking to update or create your dream kitchen or bathroom, etc?
One of the biggest decisions is what type of countertop to use since that sets the stage for the entire room.
The two most common materials used in today's homes are quartz and granite countertops. Both are excellent choices for your kitchen, bath, and etc countertops. Whereas marble and quartzite are more exotic pieces used in limited spaces.
So the question is, what is the best choice for your new project?
While the Darklion team can help you decide what will work best in your home, Here is some general guidance based on the look, lifestyle, and how you plan to use it.
Quartz has some real benefits. People love that they are easy to maintain. They are stain-resistant, so if you have a messy cook in the kitchen, this can be handy. Quartz surfaces will not absorb moisture from liquids or raw foods, which can harbor harmful bacteria. And, when it comes to cleaning, it's as simple as wiping them down with warm water and a soft cloth. Plus, quartz surfaces do not need to be sealed or polished. Quartz is much stronger and more flexible than granite and is scratch and chip-resistant.
Granite also has its advantages. Granite has a distinctive natural appearance, each slab is unique and there are lots of natural hues available. Granite is also higher in heat resistance, it can handle temperatures up to 450 degrees F, whereas quartz stone is up to 400 degrees F. You'll want to keep a couple of factors in mind though. Granite needs to be sealed every 6 months in order to keep the shine and protect the stone. And, on lighter slabs of granite, you will need to be careful with wine and acidic fruit. Keep in mind this is a natural stone, it will absorb water and liquids, especially around the sink area.
Marble has its beauty, as one of a kind of stone that is usually hand-selected due to its exotic looks. Doing it above a whole wall or a back of a fireplace would be a big showpiece.
Quartzite is a one-of-a-kind exclusive stone. The quartzites are widely available, massive, compact, hard, cheap, extremely resistant to chemical weathering, and are often found in the form of morphological elevations or areas that protrude from the surrounding rocks