Granite versus Manmade Stone: Choosing the Perfect Countertops in Alberta
Major design decisions for your home are never easy. Research, planning, realistic expectations and taste must all combine into a selection that is functional, affordable and beautiful. If you are in the process of redesigning or renovating your kitchen or bathroom, you may be considering the best option for your countertops in Edmonton. There are plenty of options and looks, including granite countertops, laminate countertops, natural stone options, laminate, and quartz countertops.
The team at PF Custom Countertops can walk you through the pros and cons of each selection and provide a customized countertop solution for every room and application in your home.
Tips for Deciding Between Granite or Manmade Stone Countertops
If you have reduced your options to granite and manmade stone, weigh these considerations before making your final decision:
• Cost – Unfortunately, price likely won’t be your deciding factor when it comes to deciding between granite and manmade stone counters for your kitchen or bathroom. They both typically run between $80-200 per square foot, so unless you want a very specific finish or other special options, the cost will be similar.
• Sealing – If you want to limit the cost of extra processes or eliminate steps on a delayed renovation, you may choose quartz countertops since they don’t require sealant. Granite may or may not require sealing, depending on the stone, so a test will be necessary. Sealing is not a difficult process when required, but it is something that should be considered.
• Maintenance – Once again, the similarities are greater than the differences when it comes to cleaning your new countertops. Granite and manmade counters both benefit from use of a specialty stone cleaner or use of a mild soap and non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Granite performs better with heat resistance and for repairs, but care should be taken as some damage cannot be repaired. Manmade stone surfaces may also suffer permanent damage that cannot be fixed.
• Appearance – Manmade stone countertops are more uniform in pattern and texture. Granite offers more depth and variation in pattern, so seams won’t match, but there is an allure and appeal associated with the natural material.
PF Custom Countertops can help you decide between these and other countertop materials in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, and Edmonton. Contact us to tell us more about your lifestyle, budget, and maintenance expectations and we can provide guidance. Our full services include everything from design consultations to maintenance tips, and we can walk you through the installation process. Contact us to learn more about granite countertops, wood, quartz, and more options in Alberta.
Call us toll-free at 888-484-0831 or stop by our showroom. You can also contact us online with any questions about granite or manmade stone countertops.