Choosing the Right Material for Your Countertops
The lasting beauty of natural stone is one of the primary reasons people choose it as a countertop surface. Your choice of stone, in consultation with qualified design professionals, will help you realize your vision and insure the integrity of your project.The choices in natural stone encompass a variety of unique characteristics.The Spectra experts can you help you determine the best option, based on your wants, needs and requirements.
Granite is a popular countertop choice because it exemplifies durability, strength and firmness. Granite is also resistant to scratches, stains and more household chemicals.
Quartz is an engineered stone product, meaning it combines elements of other substances, such as granite bits, pulverized stone dust and polymers to create slabs. That process adds to the durablity, and a number of companies–we carry Silestone, Cambria, Zodiac, Della Terra, Caesarstone, Hanstone, Sequel, and LG Viatera–have pushed the envelope in an effort to improve its already impressive strength, color, texture and pattern benefits. While it acts as a good imitator of many stone products, it is not recommended for outdoor applications. Quartz is generally stain and scratch resistant, extremely durable and does not require sealing.
Ultimately, there is not “better choice” or “worse choice” there is only the best choice for the job based on taste, budget, appeal and application. Spectra is dedicated to assisting you with your choice.
Whichever material you choose, by following a few simple steps, you can ensure your natural stone will provide a lifetime of beauty and practical use. We’ve put together a Natural Stone Care & Maintenance Guide with cleaning recommendations, routine care and Do’s and Don’ts for granite, marble, quartz and soapstone.