The choice of kitchen countertops during a remodeling project is affected by many considerations. When comparing countertop options for kitchen home improvement, pay attention to the durability of the material, how sanitary the surface is for food preparation, the expense and ease of installation, the equity value and the overall look of the surface.
Molded Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Quartz kitchen countertops are made from crushed quartz crystals and resin. These countertops have many benefits, but a few drawbacks as well.
- Durability: Quartz is mostly resin, so it is extremely chip resistant. It can become discolored, however, if exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.
- Sanitary surface? Quartz countertops are not porous, and are resistant to bacteria growth. This makes these surfaces very sanitary for food preparation.
- Expense: Molded quartz is made in a complicated process, and can be extremely expensive.
- Installation: Quartz countertops are very heavy, and require professional installation.
- Equity value: The home equity value of a quartz countertop is less than that of a natural surface such as granite, but is better than less-expensive surfaces like ceramic tile.
- Look: Quartz countertops are made in parts, so there are visible seams, but since quartz counters are typically dark colors the seams can be hard to see. These countertops can be made in any color, to match any kitchen color scheme, and will all uniform in appearance.
Granite Countertops in the Kitchen
Granite countertops are huge slabs cut from a single piece of rock. The natural look of these countertops is an asset to any home.
- Durability: Granite is a very hard surface, but can be chipped or broken. Since it comes from a single piece of stone, repair or replacement of a single piece can be very difficult.
- Sanitary surface? Once sealed, granite is very sanitary.
- Expense: Granite is very expensive, and costs about the same as molded quartz countertops.
- Installation: Granite comes in large sheets, and can be brittle and prone to shattering. These counters must be professionally installed.
- Equity value: Kitchen countertops made of granite add considerable value to a home.
- Look: Granite is a natural substance, so no two pieces will be exactly alike. This means that the color picked out in the showroom may not be exactly what arrives in the home, and broken pieces are difficult to replace.
Kitchen Home Improvement Choices