Granite, Quartz, Quartzite & Marble

Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom are usually the most expensive renovations in your home, so don’t get caught between a rock and a hard place when you’re looking for new countertops! We work with all major suppliers of natural and man-made stone to help you find just what you’re looking for

How to Choose the Right Countertop

Your kitchen countertop might be the most important surface in your home. It’s the favorite place for family and friends to gather, the center for entertaining, late-night snacks, and of course, school projects. Your granite, quartz, marble or quartzite countertops will last for decades, so it’s understandable that you want to choose the right one.

Like many people, if you’ve spent time browsing countertops online, or visiting a home improvement showroom, you know the choices can be overwhelming, and a little confusing to say the least. That’s because there are so many countertop materials to choose from nowadays, and each one has its own distinctive look, with different benefits and drawbacks.

Here, we discuss our most popular stone countertop choices: Granite, Quartz, Quartzite and Marble. When you understand their similarities and differences, you’ll be better equipped to decide which one is perfect for your home.

Granite

Granite countertops are the hardest natural stone surface you can install in your kitchen. That means they are extremely durable. Here are some benefits of granite:

Heat resistance: While we still advise the use of hot pads or trivets, if you should accidentally place a hot pan on a granite countertop, it won’t be damaged or discolored.

Scratch resistance: We don’t recommend chopping vegetables directly on the countertop surface, it should not cause scratches, but could dull the finish over time. It will also dull your knives rather quickly, so best to use a cutting board.

Stain resistance: When a natural-stone sealer is applied to granite countertops, they repel stains. Even so, you should wipe up spills as soon as possible, especially acidic foods and liquids such as vinegar or tomato sauce. For long lasting protection, ask about our exclusive 25 Year Sealer!

Low maintenance: All you need to keep a granite countertop sparkling clean is a mild dish soap like Dawn or Joy and a soft cloth. Do not use any commercial cleaners or abrasives, and do not use the even the abrasive “scrungy” side of a kitchen should not be used as it can dull the finish.

Return on investment: Granite countertops usually increase a home’s value and help it sell more quickly.

Colors and patterns: Granite is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that run from light to dark, including neutral shades, warm earth tones and dynamic blacks….”

ranite is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that run from light to dark, including neutral shades, warm earth tones and dynamic blacks. Patterns range from subtle to bold and dramatic. The more exotic granites are one of a kind and if you choose one of these stones it will be unique to your home.

Quartz

Quartz countertops, (technically, “engineered quartz”), are man-made, engineered surfaces. They contain about 90% pulverized quartz combined with other minerals and pigments to create different colors and patterns. Quartz is bonded together with a strong polymer resin and is often used to create the look of white marble while being more durable. Quartz has grown in popularity over the years and is now one of the most popular materials. Here are a few reasons why:

Durability: Like granite, quartz countertops are extremely resistant to stains and scratches. If fact, quartz countertops are actually a little harder than granite.

Water resistance: quartz kitchen countertops are completely waterproof and never need sealing.

Heat resistance: Quartz countertops can be damaged by high heat.  The countertops are about 90% quartz, but the remaining 10% is made with epoxy-type resins. These resins can burn or melt if something very hot, such as a hot frying pan, is placed directly on them. This can be solved by using hot pads or solid trivets underneath a hot pan, etc.

Low maintenance: Since quartz countertops are waterproof and resistant to staining, cleaning them is easy and only requires a mild cleanser.

Consistency: Unlike natural stone countertops, which varies in color from slab to slab, you can see a sample of quartz and know it will look the same when it’s installed because it’s man-made. This makes it easy to match all the pieces that may be needed for large kitchen countertops.

Colors and patterns: Quartz countertops are manufactured in solid colors, ideal for contemporary decor. They are also made to resemble all kinds of natural stone, including marble, granite, soapstone, concrete, and more.

Quartzite

Quartz and quartzite countertops are often confused with each another. Quartzite is a natural stone quarried from the earth. It’s a metamorphic rock created when sandstone is altered by a natural process of high pressure and heat over millions of years. Here are some reasons homeowners choose quartzite for their kitchen countertops:

Durability: Quartzite is similar in hardness to granite, and will not etch when exposed to acidic liquids. It’s resistant to stains, but not as much as granite — especially light-colored countertops.

Care and maintenance: For daily care, a mild cleanser works fine. For more intensive cleaning, use a cleanser formulated for use with natural stone. When cared for properly, they will stay beautiful for decades. Quartzite countertops usually need to be sealed every year or two to remain water and stain resistant. However, at Carolina Kitchen Sync, we offer an exclusive sealer that lasts for 25 Years!  It is highly recommended for anyone using natural stone.

Colors and patterns: Quartzite is mostly found in lighter shades such as creamy-white, pale gray, and beige. These often resemble marble, with similar patterns of veining, so you can get the look of natural marble without the high maintenance. Darker colors and exotic shades such as blue and pink are also available.

Marble

Marble has been used for thousands of years in building construction, sculpture, flooring, and other purposes. Like quartzite, marble is a metamorphic stone, but it originated as limestone instead of sandstone. It is primarily made of calcium carbonate, and the purest marble is sparkling white. You can see tiny calcite crystals within the stone. And, like quartzite, varying colors and veining found in marble result from mineral impurities.

Durability: Marble is softer than granite and quartz, but some dolomite marbles, such as Fantasy Brown and Portinari can be almost as hard as granite.

Stain resistance: When sealed properly, marble won’t stain or get water marks. However, marble can still etch if exposed to acidic foods and liquids, such as vinegar, ketchup and tomato sauce. For long lasting protection, ask about our exclusive 25 Year Sealer!

Heat resistance: Marble countertops are heat resistant. And, marble has a surprising ability to stay cool, which makes it a favorite surface for chefs — it’s ideal for rolling out pastry, which needs to stay at a constant temperature to turn out perfectly.

Care & Maintenance: Like all natural stone, never use abrasive cleaners or “scrungees”. A mild dish soap such as Dawn or Joy on a soft cloth is best for cutting grease. Marble polish, found at your local hardware stone, will protect the finish and keep it looking new.

Colors and patterns: The look of marble countertops is the biggest selling point for many homeowners and kitchen designers. Whether it’s polished to a high gloss or given a more natural matte texture, marble has an ethereal translucent quality that is hard to reproduce in other countertop materials.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

The choice between granite, quartz, marble, and quartzite is easier when you know your priorities. Here are three questions to answer:

Which is more important when using your countertops: stain resistance, scratch resistance, or etching? Granite provides better stain and scratch resistance than quartzite. Quartzite is better at resisting etching. Marble will resist stains if we use our 25 Year Sealer, but it can still exhibit etching from acidic foods and liquids. Quartz countertops have a high resistance to all three: staining, etching, and scratching.

What’s your budget for your kitchen remodel? Granite tends to be the least expensive, with quartzite at the top range. You can reduce the cost of your favorite countertop material by using it in one place, such as the kitchen, and choosing a complementary, less-costly material for your bathroom countertops.

Perhaps the most important question of all is: Which material and color will look best in my home? At the end of the day, all of today’s countertop surfaces, including marble, will last for decades with proper care.

Each type of countertop material has its own pros and cons, and ultimately the decision is yours. The best part about your choice, whether it’s granite, quartz, marble, or quartzite, is that no matter which one you pick, you’ll be installing a beautiful, durable countertop that you and your family will enjoy for many years.

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We work with over 100 clients annually, including residential homeowners, commercial builders, restaurants, hotels and more. Whether you’re on a budget, or looking for a oneof-a-kind rare stone, we can help you find exactly what you need.

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