There was a time that people wanted granite countertops, but it appears that time has come and gone. Today, more and more folks are choosing the look of quartz for their kitchen countertops.
Why People Are Choosing Quartz Over Granite
According to Case Executive Vice President Bill Millholland, 75% of the design build firm’s clientele is choosing quartz to granite. He said it’s because people want a contemporary look in their kitchen, which is something quartz can provide. Millholland said granite is more for traditional looks.
What makes quartz so much better is that it’s harder and isn’t as porous as granite. It provides homeowners with better color consistency, is resistant to stains and doesn’t demand regular maintenance as is commonly seen with granite or marble.
According to Jennifer Gilmer, a kitchen designer in Chevy Chase, Md., most of her customers would rather have quartz because modern kitchens are all the rage. She said people don’t want a lot of pattern in their kitchen, which is something quartz can provide.
Gilmer said quartz’ most popular colors are black, gray, white and off-white.
She said quartz manufacturers have developed many options that offer a marble-look, and they’re selling a plethora of these styles.
What People Can Expect To Pay For Their Countertops
Stone and Tile World Vice President Eddie Castro said people who want to install quartz countertops will pay for the look, as they have a range of $65 to $135 per square foot, which includes the installation and fabrication. He said non-exotic granite has a price range of $50 to $60 per square foot while marble runs from $55 to $95 a square foot.
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