Frequently asked questions about countertops
There are several factors to consider before remodeling your kitchen countertops. Kitchen is a center piece in a lot of homes, so it is a showpiece, but at the same time, it has to serve the role of work/food preparation place. So it has to look good, but at the same time, be durable, scratch proof, absorbant proof, heat proof. So quite a few factors need to be taken into the consideration before choosing the counter top.
So start asking the right questions to choose the best countertop that fits best you.
1. What is your style?
Kitchen should flow with the style of your home and colors of cabinets and flooring. Decide what statement you want to make in your kitchen – what style you prefer – traditional or contemporary? Most of the time, granite is the best choice if you prefer traditional style. But at the same time, quartz has more choices for contemporary style. Once you determine the style, check the colors. It’s always best to have some contract between countertops and cabinets; otherwise, you might get a washed out look where everything blends too much together. So if the cabinets are dark, go with lighter colors countertops.
2. How and how often do you use kitchen countertops?
Depending on the style of life, some people use kitchen countertops quite often andif you have kids, then probably there are going to be some spills. But some people travel a lot, or they eat out a lot, so the use of their kitchens is very minimal, and in this case, even marble can be used. Marble considered to be more fragile than granite and quartz.
But if it’s a busy kitchen with kids with lots of meals and a lot of snacks in between, then more durable and sealed really well countertop would be more appropriate. At Stone Spirit Inc in Orlando, Florida, we can seal the granite up to 15 years, so you can feel safe. And quartz is already pre-sealed.
3. How much maintenance do you want to have?
Many materials come with a long list of upkeep demands and others need minimal maintenance. Granite is an excellent surface for kitchen, as it is extremely resistant to scratching, cracking and staining, and is impervious to heat. Since it is a poriouse stone, it needs to be sealed properly, but once it is sealed, it will hold any daily activities in the kitchen, even hot pans can be left on granite and it won’t leave anymarks. This makes granite an ideal choice for countertops. Quartz is about 92% natural. Quarts countertops are man-made engineered by combining 90% natural hard mineral (crushed stone) with 8-10% resins, polymers and pigments. The combination forms granite-like surface.
These are the questions about countertops that are often asked.