Time to update your countertop? You’ll be impressed by all of the modern options available at Black Diamond Flooring. We offer both quartz and granite countertops to coordinate perfectly with your cupboards. Here are some things to consider when deciding between quartz and granite countertops.
- Natural mineral bound together with resin
- Many styles and patterns available
- Scratch resistant
- Non-porous, resistant to bacteria
- No sealing/maintenance required
There are two kinds of quartz: hot pressed and cold pressed. Cold pressed quartz is less expensive and typically found at big box stores. However, cold pressed quartz can yellow with age and begin to show small eggshell fissures over time. At Black Diamond Flooring, we only offer quality, hot pressed quartz countertops.
Quartz countertops offer a number of advantages. The first, and perhaps the most important, is that quartz is non-porous, meaning that your kitchen countertops will not be damaged or stained by spilled liquids. This also makes the countertop naturally resistant to bacteria. Some of our manufacturers even add naturally bacteria-resistant materials to the quartz to further enhance this feature.
Quartz is quite scratch resistant, however, to maintain the quality of your countertop, we recommend using a cutting board (scratch resistant is not scratch-proof). Also, quartz is only mildly heat resistant and needs to be protected with a trivet for hot pots/pans/dishes to avoid potential discoloration/damage.
For those who like symmetry, a quartz countertop is an ideal choice, as it will have consistent patterns throughout the stretch of countertop. With quartz, you can also choose from an array of colors that will complement your kitchen cabinets or floors while granite is limited to only natural stone colors. For example, quartz is available in true, solid black or white, while granite is not.
- Natural one-of-a-kind stone
- Heat, scratch and stain resistant
- Porous material that needs to be sealed
Granite countertops generally require more work than quartz. Granite requires sealing about every 12 months because of its porous nature (not doing this may cause fluids and bacteria to get trapped in the granite). Granite is ideal for kitchen countertops because it can handle hot pots, pans, dishes, etc. to be set on it without damage and is also quite scratch resistant, though the use of cutting board and trivet is still recommended.
Contrasting from quartz, granite is a natural stone that is cut into slabs. Each slab of granite is unique, which is ideal if you’re looking for a unique, distinctive style of countertop. Because granite countertops are made-to-order cuts of one-of-a-kind stones, we are unable to keep samples of the granite in stock, however they are available by request. We look forward to helping you with your kitchen update!
We invite you to visit our showroom on the corner of 20th street and highway 101 in Florence, Oregon or contact us to set up a free estimate today: 541-997-7500 or Jake@blackdiamondflooring.com.