Do you have some kitchen renovation ideas, or some bathroom renovation ideas for your home? Are you having basement renovations done? Or are you perhaps working with a custom home builder in Toronto to have your dream home built? Whatever the case may be, you will have to make a decision about what countertop you want to choose.
One way to instantly add value to your home, is to put in high quality stone, or porcelain countertops. This renovation will be an investment that is sure to pay off. Many homebuyers won’t even consider buying your home if they see outdated laminate, because they will be thinking that they will need to do a kitchen renovation, or a bathroom renovation to update the house if they buy it. Among countertops, you will have to make the decision of choosing either quartz, porcelain, or granite. This can be a heated topic for some (if you watch home renovations shows, you know what we’re talking about here!). Among so many other decisions that you have to take in your day-to-day life, it might seem daunting to try and decipher what the right choice for you might be. Luckily, we’ve compiled a breakdown of the pros and cons of three of the most popular countertop materials around, along with some details about each.
What Exactly are Granite, Quartz and Porcelain?
Granite: It is a completely natural, and extremely hard stone. It is mined from all across the globe, cut, and given a polish, and sealant coat, before being installed into homes. Because this is natural stone, you will find variation in colour, which gives it an interesting appearance.
Quartz: These are comprised of 90-95% ground, natural quartz, with the rest of the 5-10% being man-made, polymer resins. As these are manufactured, they will have a uniform appearance and colour throughout the slab. Unlike natural stone, which have small, microscopic pores on the surface, quartz’s surface if filled in with the resin, making if impermeable.
Porcelain: These countertops are made of a kind of clay referred to as “China clay”. It is comprised of a high amount of minerals like silica, feldspar, kaolinite and other mineral oxides. The strength and resilience of porcelain comes from these. The combination is put into a kiln and baked at a high temperature, resulting in a highly durable, and beautiful building material that will be stain, heat, UV ray, scratch, chip and crack resistant. Porcelain slabs can come as glazed, or unglazed, and have matte, or a high gloss finish. In order to add different colours or patterns, coloured glazes are added. To finish production, the slabs are fired in the kiln again to ensure that the glaze has become permanent. The glaze also makes it impermeable, which makes it stain resistant, and strong.
Now that you have a general idea of what the materials are, lets jump into the pros and cons of each.
Granite was the countertop surface that replaced the outdated laminate. With changing trends, quartz has gained more popularity over the last few decades, with porcelain also recently becoming increasing sought after, due to the varying looks available. This doesn’t mean that one is inferior than the other. It’s just a matter of personal preference, as they all make excellent choices. Part of the reason why people are so heated and passionate on all sides of this argument, is that they are each so satisfied with their own choices – whether they chose granite, porcelain, or quartz!