If you are looking for
natural stone countertops in Baltimore, granite and quartz are excellent choices. Each material has something
unique to offer in terms of style, durability, and required maintenance.
To learn more about granite and quartz countertops to decide which material
is right for you, read on.
Both granite and
quartz countertops primarily consist of natural materials. Granite is 100 percent natural,
as slab granite countertops are sliced from quarries, and then cut and
honed until they are smooth. Quartz, on the other hand, is about 93 to
97 percent natural.
Both natural stone countertops are known for being very attractive. Granite
is usually described as looking natural and unique, while quartz is known
for offering a wide range of patterns and colors.
Whether you go with a countertop made of granite or quartz, you will have
to provide regular maintenance. Granite needs to be sealed after it's
installed, and then sealed again every year after that to ensure it is
resistant to stains. Minor scratches and chips in granite can be taken
care of with color-matching resin or epoxy, but your countertop installation
company will have to repair larger cracks or damage. Quartz does not require
as much maintenance. It is a nonporous material, so it naturally repels
oil, coffee, and even food coloring without sealing. Damaged quartz is
harder to repair, so it must be left to a professional.
Because of its resistant to cracks and chips, granite is widely regarded
as the most durable natural stone countertop material available. But in
fact, manmade quartz is actually harder and more resistant to damage than granite.
Granite and quartz countertops are both extremely heavy and difficult to
handle. Cutting holes in the slab for the sink is not easy either. To
ensure proper installation of your countertop, leave it to the professionals.