Choosing your new counter top can be a challenge – with so many options out there, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. However, there’s a reason that granite is the most popular choice among homes and businesses nationwide, and we’re going to break down the reasons to avoid using other materials for your counter tops and interior design:
With a smooth, timeless look that is unique from installation to installation, marble is a tempting choice, but do the negatives outweigh the positives? Marble is more porous, which means that it can retain messy and dangerous fluids. It’s also softer, resulting in a higher risk of scratching or staining. With a higher price point and being much higher maintenance, marble ends up losing to granite on almost every point.
Quartz is lower maintenance than marble and can be found in a variety of uniform colors and patterns. If you like the random and unique look of granite and marble, quartz won’t be for you, and here’s another reason you might way to avoid it: lack of heat resistance! That’s right – quartz isn’t as heat tolerant as granite while also being more expensive, meaning that every time you cook, you could be putting your expensive counter top at risk. It’s making sense why everyone chooses granite, right?
Wood has a natural beauty that can be hard to rival, adding a simple elegance to counter tops. However, if improperly treated and cleaned, it can be a thriving bacterial playground, and is not nearly as resistant to heat and staining as granite. It also needs oiling consistently through the lifetime of your counter top, which is not an undertaking to take on lightly.
Tile, while having plenty of customization options, offers lots of headaches too. The grout captures food particles too easily and must be cleaned frequently, but if it’s cleaned too aggressively, you might hurt the finish. The grout also needs resealing annually, which can be an exhausting and time-consuming process.
Stainless steel seems modern and sleek, but we have two words for you: Fingerprints forever!
As you can tell, while plenty of materials can offer a variety of pleasing choices, granite is the only one that combines great appearance, high durability, low maintenance, and a reasonable price! Contact us today to get an estimate on your granite needs!