When it comes to new kitchen countertops, Ontario homeowners often wonder if they should go granite or opt for quartz. Granite and quartz countertops are lovely, but it's important to understand the differences between these two types of stone countertops before you make a decision.

What are Quartz Countertops?
While both quartz and granite countertops are made out of natural stone, quartz countertops are "engineered." This means that the countertops are made of aggregate quartz mixed with polymer resins and pigments. Granite countertops can also be engineered in a similar fashion. The benefit of this type of manufacturing process is that the engineered quartz countertops are more uniform in colours and patterns.

What are Granite Countertops?
As mentioned above, granite kitchen countertops can also be engineered. However, granite slab countertops are wildly popular. With this type of granite kitchen countertops, Ontario remodelers help homeowners select a complete slab of stone and then cut it to size. Unlike engineered granite countertops or quartz countertops, slab countertops are not uniform in colour and appearance. Some homeowners prize this quality as it adds character and beauty. Others prefer the uniform look of engineered stone.

Other Considerations
Once you have a feel for your visual preference (uniform engineered stone or the natural beauty of slab countertops), your decision may already be made. After all, if you want a one-of-a-kind slab, you'll likely opt to go granite.

Other factors to consider include the cost differences and durability. Costs can vary from one quarry and fabricator to the next, so it's often a toss-up as to which choice is the least expensive option. Depending on your tastes and your kitchen countertop fabricator, you may be able to get exactly what you want at a reasonable price.

Both quartz and granite countertops are extremely durable, able to withstand the rigors of daily kitchen use, and easy to maintain. However, quartz and engineered granite countertops have one advantage over slab granite counters in that they do not contain hidden striations that could later manifest into unsightly cracks.

When it comes to choosing between granite and quartz countertops, Ontario homeowners don't need to make the decision alone. Go Granite and their teams of natural stone countertop experts are happy to help you make the best possible decision for your specific needs and preferences. Learn more about granite countertops, quartz countertops, and marble countertops by liking Custom Granite on Facebook.

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