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What Is the Best Countertop for You?

Quartz countertop in Toronto is a popular option in the GTA and you've poured your heart, soul and money into your dream kitchen. Now it's time to decide on the best kitchen countertop for your kitchen or island. We all know the granddaddies of countertops are granite and quartz, but what is the difference? And which one is right for you? The short answer may come down to just how fastidious you are.

Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

Granite is a naturally-occurring stone and is one of the best kitchen countertops you'll find. It comes in large slabs extracted from the earth and is created in extreme heat and pressure under the earths surface. Because of this, the appearance is natural and inconsistent. For many, this is a good thing. The beautiful patterns created by nature are one of the big draws for people, but for some people this makes designing, matching décor and existing kitchen colours more challenging. Quartz, on the other hand, is a manufactured product. It's made primarily from crushed quartz in which resin is added; the ratio is in the neighbourhood of 90% quartz and 10% resin. Like granite, quartz is created using extreme heat and pressure but in the case of quartz, manufacturers do the work Mother Nature does with granite. The big draw for many people is that with manufactured stone, colour is added to the process to create endless kitchen countertop options. It also means that the sample you take to your home and hold up to your yet-to-be-surfaced countertop is the same thing you'll get when it is finally installed. Quartz countertops are also more forgiving if you have a more intricate design in your kitchen because matching up the seams is much easier. Granite's natural patterns are harder to match up and thus more limited in design options.

Porous vs. Non-Porous

While both granite and quartz options will last virtually forever, the care and maintenance of these two options are not equal. Since granite is a naturally occurring stone, it is porous. Tiny pores in the granite countertop surface allow food, debris and liquid to penetrate the surface and may lead to staining if it is not cleaned soon after spills or food preparation. Because of this, cleaning granite countertops should be done often and sealing should be done at least once a year. Quartz is a non-porous material. This means caring for a quartz countertop requires nothing more than soap and water. For some, this is yet another draw in going with quartz. Depending on the size of your family and the traffic in your kitchen, quartz trumps granite in the durability department.

The Final Decision

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. You may have three children that spill ketchup daily on your counters. You may even have the odd drop of wine on it as well and while finding quartz countertops in Toronto may seem like the rational option, you may fall head over heels for granite. On the other hand your kitchen may only see traffic half of the year and have a single colour scheme to match, so the best kitchen countertops for you may be quartz. The bottom line is granite and quartz are both excellent options. Like our personal preferences in homes and décor, they are just that, personal. Our advice? Visit a showroom with options and see for yourself what could be.

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