According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), installations of quartz countertops have surpassed granite countertops installations since 2014. However this number only accounts for NKBA members. By taking into accounts all countertops fabricators and installers in the nation, granite countertops installations still lead the pack.
Below are some reasons why you should consider granite among all other types of materials for countertops.
As compared to quartz, granite countertops have a much more natural look. Quartz countertops are man-made. Even though they have been improved to look more natural, many homebuyers still find that quartz countertops patterns look too uniform and consistent as compared to natural stone surfaces.
Because there are so many options in granite colors and patterns, granite countertops are easily matched to any style of kitchen. Granite countertops are a great match for contemporary, casual and classic kitchen styles, from simple to luxurious. Quarts countertops, on the other end, are more modern looking and better suited for contemporary style kitchens.
Each granite countertop is a unique piece of natural art. Granite patterns and colors are made from nature, over millions of year. Homeowners who own granite countertops can marvel at the thought that their granite countertops are 100% unique and are made from granite dating back millions of years. The same cannot be said about quartz.
Easy maintenance and durability
Granite countertops do require more maintenance than quartz countertops, but not that much more. Granite is porous and therefore its surface needs to be sealed before usage. Once it has been sealed, granite countertops resist water and are easy to clean and maintain. They make for a great surface to prepare food. Granite countertops are also scratch-resistant, heat resistant and highly durable. Because quartz countertops are made of quartz and resin, they are not as heat resistant as granite.
Another reason why homeowners prefer granite is because its surface can be finished in different ways. You can choose from three different finishes for the surface of your granite countertops for a different look. A polished surface is the most popular option for granite countertops and results in a high-gloss, mirror like surface. A honed finish is a non-reflective satin looking finish. A rough finish has no shine.