An elegant-looking kitchen is a point of pride for many homeowners, and renovating your kitchen can be an exciting project. There are all kinds of options for modern kitchens and Quartz and granite are two of the most popular countertop materials for today’s kitchen upgrades. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a quartz or granite countertop for your custom kitchen addition.
Granite is a type of igneous rock that forms over millennia from the crystallization of magma below the surface of the earth. A granite countertop is a solid slab of rock that comes in a range of colours from dark gray to near white, with flecks of other tones like brown, pink, and orange. Every piece of granite is unique. Granite is very durable and it does not generally chip or scratch. However, because it is pure stone the surface is porous and therefore it must be sealed upon installation and resealed every three years or so to repel germs and bacteria. When shopping for granite, it’s important to talk to a trusted and knowledgeable Supplier. If the price seems too good to be true, it is for good reason. For example, some manufacturers dye their granite to get a better tone, however this dye will fade over time resulting in an unpredictable colour. At Tri-Link Builders, we source all of our materials from trusted vendors and manufacturers in the Calgary area. We leverage our network of Trade Partners to get you the best material at the most attractive prices, because quality matters.
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral found abundantly in the Earth’s crust. It is used for making everything from jewelry to watches to beautiful modern countertops. Quartz countertops are engineered, typically with a mix of crushed quartz and coloured pigment held together with resin. This process means that styles, appearances, colour, texture, and pattern can all be customized. Quartz is also a strong substance, however quartz countertops can be more prone to scratches and chips. With that said however, Quartz is generally lower maintenance, as it is nonporous and resistant to stains. Both products have their pros and cons, so it can be difficult to narrow down the right choice as often it comes down to personal taste. For help with deciding which material is best for you and for all your custom kitchen needs, Tri-Link Builders is here to help.