Stone countertops of granite, marble or quartz not only add beauty and style to your kitchen or bath, they also improve the resale value of your home. With proper care, any of these types of countertops will last for many years.
Polished granite countertops have a unique style all their own. Because of inclusions of other minerals in the stone (such as mica), they can glow and sparkle when the light hits them. They increase the resale value of your home and will not depreciate. Another advantage of granite countertops is that they are more sanitary than laminate or butcher block surfaces, because they are naturally antibacterial. Heat doesn’t bother a granite countertop, so you won’t need trivets, and spills are easy to clean with warm water and a mild soap.
One thing to consider before purchasing granite countertops is that they are extremely durable, capable of lasting the full life of your house. Make sure you absolutely love the color, because it is difficult to remove a granite countertop once it is in place. Be sure that there are no stains on the countertop before a sealer is applied, because once it is sealed, the stain is there to stay. After the sealant is applied, the countertops will not stain any further. It is possible to crack a granite countertop if it is hit directly and forcefully with a sharp object such as a meat cleaver. One further point to note is that granite countertops are very heavy and require extra support beneath them.
Marble is cool and elegant and has the beauty of antiquity behind it. The expanse of clean, white space is very appealing to the eye. Marble has the same antibacterial qualities as granite, and is often less expensive than either granite or quartz. Another distinct advantage to marble countertops is that they are always cool to the touch and enable you to roll out a great pie crust!
One drawback of marble countertops is that they are not as stain resistant as granite or quartz, so be sure to wipe up spills as soon as they happen. You also have to be careful with hot items and acids, but as long as you use hot pads and trivets under your pans, and cutting boards under your lemons, your marble countertops will easily hold up to most kitchen activities.
Unlike granite and marble, quartz countertops are manufactured stone. They are available in more colors than granite or marble, but have a glowing, sparkling quality similar to granite. Quartz is one of the hardest substances available and resists chipping, scratching and staining. Like the other two materials, the smooth surface of quartz countertops is easy to clean and does not encourage bacterial growth.
The only downside to quartz countertops is the price. Manufactured stone countertops are more expensive than granite or marble, but they are durable and beautiful. Sometimes seams are visible with quartz countertops, but as long as they are installed by trained technicians, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Glamour Flooring sells high-quality granite, marble and quartz countertops that are perfect for adding character to your home. Everything we sell is hand selected for quality to bring lasting beauty to your kitchen or bath. Whether you choose granite, marble or quartz countertops for your kitchen or bath, the trained installers at Glamour Flooring will make sure you are happy with them. Beautify your home with countertops from Glamour Flooring.