Granite or Quartz: Which is Best Choice for You?



Questions often arise regarding the difference between granite and quartz. The reality is that both are stunningly beautiful, extremely durable and can add the right amount of character to any home project.  It’s all about you and your preferences.  And so, below are considerations to help you determine which is best for you and your living space!

Granite:

  • It’s 100% natural, crafted and quarried from below the earth’s surface making each slab one of a kind!
  • Offers great variety in colors and texture – uniquely crafted below the earths crust. Each slab offers its own individuality, rendering no two pieces exactly alike, capturing a true artist’s tapestry of natural beauty.  It is recommended that customers preview slabs for color and texture preference, as not everyone has the same taste.
  • Depending on veining of texture and color, some patterns will show seams more than others.
  • Granite is typically sealed before the installation process. Additional sealing may be required for those stones that are more porous and start to leave a water ring.  Otherwise, keeping it clean simply entails a warm, soapy dish cloth and a towel dry.
  • Costs vary depending on factors like where its quarried and how rare of a stone it is. Prices can range from $45-$100+/sq ft.

Click here to preview some granite colors.

 

Quartz (Engineered Stone):

  • Its 93-97% natural. The natural quartz crystals are mixed with color pigments and polymer resign, which binds it all together.  While this decreases a pieces’ uniqueness of color/texture variability, it is not often perceived to have any “imperfections”.
  • Seams will be less visible given the consistency of pattern.
  • Colors could fade overtime if exposed to direct sunlight.
  • As durable as granite.
  • No sealing is required for “quartz” products. It’s also less prone to staining.  Simply clean with a warm, soapy dish cloth and towel dry.
  • Costs vary depending on where the quartz is quarried.  Many are quarried overseas. Prices can range from $67-$100/sq ft.

Here are a few quartz examples:

Concrete Grey                  Vanilla Cream                   Tuscany Cream

          

The bottom line is you really can’t go wrong with either choice, which is great news!  We have a large selection of different patterns at our Paramount Granite Showroom for you to consider.  It is our desire to fit you with the best option for you and your living space, so please feel free to schedule an appointment or just stop in.  Or, simply click here for a free estimate.  We would be delighted to assist you!

Thanks for reading!

Leah

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Posted in Engineered Stone, Granite, Seams on July 26th, 2016 by Leah | | 0 Comments



Add A Consistent Look With A “Quartz” Countertop…



When it comes to countertops, there are many options to choose from. That is why it is important to ask the customer up front if they have a material in mind, as well as a price range they looking at. It is also important to ask, if they like materials that have a consistent pattern, or ones that have a lot of variety and and movement to them. From there, questions can be asked about preference for color, etc. If consistency in pattern is really important, a “quartz” product might be a good option for them. While there are a variety of “quartz” products on the market these days, they are all essentially made the same way.

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Caesarstone Mocha

How It’s Made:

“Quartz” countertops are an engineered stone that is man-made. Most “quartz” is comprised of approximately 93% quartz and 7% resin binder by weight, (more than 80% resin by volume) with added pigments for color.

Manufacturers:

While we sell a number of “quartz” products including: Silestone, Caesarstone, Hanstone, Difiniti, Dupont Zodiaq and Color Quartz, there are other “quartz” products on the market, as well. Each manufacturer has their own unique colors to choose from, although some colors may be  similar to other product lines.

Maintenance

“Quartz” is relatively easy to clean and maintain. Most manufacturers recommend that they be cleaned with a hot, soapy dish cloth. “Quartz” products do not need to be sealed.

Price

“Quartz” is often more expensive than granite, depending on the color selection. It can range in price from anywhere from $65 to $100 per square foot.

If you are looking for a “quartz” product for your new countertop, make sure you stop by our showroom to check out all of our material selections.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Engineered Stone, Quartz on July 20th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Add A Neutral Look To Your Kitchen With Some Altea Difiniti…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a “quartz” kitchen we recently fabricated and installed in Altea Difiniti. Altea is a very neutral color with warm shades of cream, tan and brown. It has a subtle pattern to it, making it popular choice for those looking for only slight variability, or more of a uniform-type look. Altea works well for a variety of decorating options, since it easily goes with many color schemes.

Let’s take a look at the kitchen…

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Altea Difiniti

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Altea Difiniti

If you are interested in this color, or would like to look at more “quartz” or other material options for your home, make sure you stop by our showroom today. We would be happy to help.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Decorating, Engineered Stone, Quartz on April 21st, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Give Your Kitchen A Facelift With These 5 Design Trends…



When it comes to updating your kitchen, everyone wants something unique and can call their own. While the possibilities are endless when it comes to design, I thought it would be interesting to look at some design trends we’ve seen.

Let’s take a look…

  1. Mixing and Matching Colors

    Beach Style Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes

    This kitchen features a lighter, white granite and darker Perimeter tops. It also has dark and light cabinets, which gives it a nice appeal.

  2. Mixing and Matching Materials
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    Contractor: Tomco Company Inc.
    Fabricator/Installer: Paramount Granite Company

    Aspen White Granite Island; Dupont Zodiac Storm GrayThis kitchen features darker perimeter tops with a lighter colored granite. It also combines a couple of cabinet color options. Notice how they offset each other and also work together to create a unique look.
  3. Full Height Backsplash

    Traditional Kitchen by Falls Church Kitchen & Bath Designers Cameo Kitchens, Inc.This kitchen features a built-in desk with matching full height backsplash. Notice how the flowing pattern moves from the countertop up the wall, creating a beautiful look!
  4. White/Light Granite Countertops
    This kitchen features a white granite (Persa Avorio) with white cabinets on the perimeter tops. The white, neutral tones give a clean, elegant look to this kitchen. Beautiful!
  5. Soapstone Countertops
Traditional Kitchen by Osterville Kitchen & Bath Designers Artisan Kitchens LLC
Check out this gorgeous soapstone island. I love the dark contrasting cabinets with the white cabinets for the perimeter tops. It gives a nice complimentary look to this kitchen.
If you are interested in creating a unique look for your kitchen, or project, make sure you stop by our showroom. We’d be happy to help you with all of your material selections.
Thanks for reading!
Barb
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Posted in Decorating, Design, Engineered Stone, Granite, Quartzite on November 25th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Mix And Match Material Options To Create A Unique Look…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few pictures of a kitchen we recently fabricated and installed using two different materials: granite and Caesarstone. The customer selected Caramello Ornamental granite for the island and Caesarstone Raven for the perimeter tops.

Let’s take a look…

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Island: Caramello Ornamental granite; perimeter tops Raven Caesarstone
Contractor: Tomco Company, Inc.

Notice how the two different material options compliment each other well and add to the design of the kitchen.

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Island: Caramello Ornamental granite; perimeter tops Raven Caesarstone
Contractor: Tomco Company, Inc.

While the island is the focal point of the kitchen, the Caesarstone works as an accent color, bringing the design together.

If you are doing some remodeling and adding countertops, make sure you check out all of your material options to discover what is right for you. Stop by our showroom today!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Engineered Stone, Granite, Quartz on July 24th, 2013 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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