For months, or maybe even years, you’ve had dreams of the perfect kitchen.  From the floor to the ceiling, you’ve had a general idea of what you’d like to see as you walk into one of the most important rooms in your home.

Now that the dream is becoming more of a reality, you may be left with many questions.  What will the layout of the kitchen be?  Are any appliances in need of replacing or repair?  What is the best paint color to use?  There’s a mile-long list of questions that you may have.  One of the biggest questions may revolve around what type of countertop is best for  your kitchen.

With so many options, it can be difficult to land on the perfect countertop for the available space.  The following will offer a few points to consider as you contemplate which countertop is best for your kitchen.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are made by grinding natural quartz into dust.  Then, it is combined with both natural and synthetic materials.  This may include resins, polymers, and pigments.  These bind the quartz together, creating a hard and durable material.  

Depending on the desired color, certain pigments are added with glass or metal.  It is important to keep these additional materials in mind when using quartz for the countertops in a kitchen.  While quartz is heat resistant, it is possible that whatever material is used as the “filler” may melt or warp.  Therefore, if you’re firm in your decision of using quartz in your kitchen or bathroom, use heat mats and pot holders to keep them safe from the heat of pots, pans, and hair styling tools.

Quartz countertops may be the first option that comes to mind during the brainstorming phase of the renovations.  As they are known for their durability and appearance, it’s understandable that they would be a person’s first choice.  And, although quartz may be more popular for bathrooms,  it can be used in the kitchen.  It is simply advised to use the proper care and safety precautions when using quartz in the kitchen.  

Quartzite

While we’re on the topic of quartz, it is only natural for us to at least mention quartzite.  Quartzite is a naturally occurring rock formed by sandstone.  It is visually similar to marble and varies in color between white and gray.  Although it can also come as a purplish-gray, pink, or a brownish red color.

Quartzite would be a good option if you desire to have an outdoor kitchen setup.  The same cannot be said of quartz.  Unlike quartz, quartzite would also need regular sealing.  

Quartzite Quartz
Main Difference Natural metamorphic stone Made by synthetic process
Heat & Wear Excellent heat and wear resistance Comparatively lower heat and scratch resistance
Stain More likely to stain. Porous stone and require sealing. Less prone to stains. Do not need extra sealing.
Design Unique natural patterns Artificial, but uniform patterns.
Color Light grey to white Available in various colors.
Price More expensive Price is lower than quartzite.

 

Granite Countertop

Granite countertops are among the most popular options when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops.  One aspect of granite countertops that most people find extremely advantageous, is that they are scratch and stain resistant.  

However, granite is porous, which means in order for it to remain stain resistant, using a sealant is mandatory.  A bonus of using a good sealant is that it will help the surface remain easy to clean.  

These are just a few of the options available for the next kitchen renovation in your home. 

If you’re interested in knowing more about these options, or need help exploring ones that are not listed, contact Granite Prestige.  Our professionals will gladly go over your countertop needs, and help you choose the best type of countertop that will fit your lifestyle and desired aesthetic.  

As the granite marble & quartz countertops experts, Granite Prestige Montreal provides each client with the best suited luxury countertop for their home.  From prestige quartz to titanium countertops, the team at Granite Prestige will be able to answer any questions you may have.  

Call us today at (514) 331-8337, or visit us online and send us a message!  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, you can use our kitchen visualizer to try different backsplashes, countertops, cabinet colors, and flooring options.  You may even stumble upon an option you haven’t thought of yet!

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