Choosing your new countertop can be a challenge – with so many options out there, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. However, granite is the most popular choice among homes and businesses nationwide – and with good reason. Let’s dive into the different types of countertop materials – and why we think granite countertops are the best.
Granite countertops are gorgeous, exotic, and each slab is unique. Not only do they have a one-of-a-kind beauty, but they can be polished in a variety of different ways. The different types of finish can completely change the look of the stone. Choose leathered or honed granite for more muted tones. For vibrant, rich colors polished granite may be best. Not only does granite add to the look of a room, but it is durable, heat-resistant, and easy to clean.
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 Countertops
Stainless steel seems modern and sleek, but we have two words for you: Fingerprints forever!
As you can tell, while these other types of countertop materials offer their own unique benefits, 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!
Affordable Granite Concepts is a premier granite installation and fabrication company located in Altamonte Springs. We offer one of the biggest selections of granite, quartz, and natural stone to the Orlando area at our 12,000 square foot showroom. We prioritize satisfaction, quality, and timeliness. Our ultra-fast granite fabrication process for custom granite countertops takes only 3-business days. If you’re in Central Florida, you can count on us to make your vision come to life at the best price!