Kitchen remodeling is the most commonly undertaken remodeling project in the country year after year. A remodeled kitchen not only improves the overall look and perceived value of your home but offers a great return on your investment as well.
There are certainly a great many options available to homeowners looking to replace their kitchen counter tops, a key element of any kitchen remodel and all the options available have their own set of pros and cons.
Quartz counter tops are a man made alternative to granite and are gaining in popularity. To create them natural, quartz (just like that found in granite) is mixed with binding resins and coloring agents to produce a counter top that is resilient, practical and beautiful.
In terms of price and performance granite and quartz counter tops are very similar in nature, so choosing between the two often becomes a matter of personal taste. Quartz counter tops tend to have a more uniform patterning than their granite counter parts which some people prefer as it matches at the seams perfectly whereas granite counter tops have pattern differences that can look jarring in that area. Quartz counter tops are also available in solid bright colors which can look spectacular in a modern kitchen.
The maintenance requirements of both granite and quartz counter tops are very similar as well, although granite does need to resealed every few years to keep it in tip top condition which quartz does not.
It is also worth keeping in mind that although both counter top options are extremely hard wearing they are not totally indestructible. It's still a great idea to use a good chopping board when preparing ingredients and stains and spills should still be taken care of as quickly as possible. This said, that small amount of regular care is really all that is needed to keep quartz kitchen counter tops looking their very best for a great many years.
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