Countertops are a wonderful way to express your personal style in your home. The variety of materials range from marble,laminate and tile, to steel, concrete, and wood. As technologies advance and styles change, newer varieties will become available and the 'norm' is bound to change. For instance, in the 1960s and 1970s laminate countertops were extremely popular. Popularity teetered over the years but in recent years laminate has come back into style because of improved manufacturing techniques.
A lot of thought goes into deciding which countertop is right for you. Durability, aesthetic appeal, and price are at the top of the list when making this decision. Today we will talk about porcelain and quartz, two trendy choices for countertops, and why they top the list.
Porcelain Countertop Photo by Dekton
Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Options Photo by Eurowest
Porcelain slab countertops come in many colors and patterns, each offering a customized and clean look. These countertops are 30% more durable than granite and are stain resistant, leaving homeowners worry-free about damaging their countertops.
Need an outdoor countertop? Porcelain is the right choice as it stands up to rain, snow, and sun without deterioration. The cost is affordable, one slab of porcelain ranges from $800 - $1000 pre-fabrication.
When compared to other options the biggest pros for porcelain are its versatility of design, unmatched durability, and value in terms of cost. While granite is strong enough to keep normal wear and tear at bay, it is susceptible to stains. There are pros and cons to each choice, but porcelain has more pros than many of its competitors.
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Quartz Countertop Photo by Bailey Company
A higher priced choice, Quartz, offers greater strength than granite along with the beautiful look of marble. Chips of quartz and resin are engineered and tinted with color offering a variety of patterns and colors. Quartz is heat resistant up to 300 degrees and is stain resistant, making it an ideal choice for the kitchen. This material is also not likely to etch at the pressure of a knife's blade. The cost of Quartz averages $1800 - $3600 per slab.
Don't get confused between Quartz and Quartzite. Quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz and while it is a harder surface than quartz, it is not immune to etching.
Overall it seems that durability and customization are what have everyone falling in love with porcelain and quartz. Considering that home renovations usually lasts for many years, the right look and the life of all products should be considered before purchasing.