Quartz Countertops, Granite Countertops, Concrete Countertops, &
Kitchen Countertops Comparison Chart
What Material is Best for You?
Compare features of countertop surfaces that you can find at the Mastercraft showroom. There are many styles to choose from, it’s hard to know which options you should consider. Think about your budget, design taste, and how your family will use your kitchen.
The chart above compares the main characteristics of the most popular countertop materials. These include marble, granite, quartzite, soapstone, porcelain, quartz, butcher block, and laminate.
Price: Each type of material has a range in price. Some are much more expensive than others. Read on to find out which countertops are the cheapest and which are the most expensive.
Durability: There are many issues to discuss the longevity of a kitchen countertop. They include scratch resistance, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. How the material responds to factors determines how long countertops look new.
Easily Cleaned and Maintained: Ease of cleaning should be considered selecting a countertop. If you plan on cooking in your kitchen, you will want something easy to care for. Some households use their kitchen more as a gathering place than a work surface. For these families, the choice of material might not be as important.
Construction: What does a green thumbs-up mean? You can take a hot cookie sheet from the oven and put it on the countertop. No need to be concern about scorching the surface. A red thumbs down means that you have to be more careful and use a hot pad.
Should you expect scratches and regular maintenance? Softer surfaces will get scratched with regular use. You can remove some scratches with certain materials. This maintenance will keep the kitchen looking like new. A green thumbs down means that the countertop will not get scratched easily. You will not need regular maintenance. A red thumbs up means that you can expect scratches over time.
Is it easy to find in a wide range of colors? A green thumbs-up means this countertop is available from numerous manufacturers. It is also in many colors and patterns. A red thumbs down means that the countertop material has limited availability. Please note that many variations exist within each countertop category.
MasterCraft Kitchen Countertops offers quartz countertops, granite countertops, and concrete countertops. We also offer porcelain tile countertops, ceramic tile, and luxury vinyl tile countertops.
Granite has long been one of the best kitchen countertop materials. For good reason: It’s durable, heat-resistant, attractive, and easy to clean. Important to note. Granite countertops are cut from veins of naturally occurring stone. This makes each slab unique.
Quartz Countertops are a low-maintenance option, perfect for any busy kitchen. Made from the strongest natural mineral found on earth and mixed with resin. They’re nonporous, stain-resistant, and easy to clean. You’ll never have to seal, condition or polish them.
Concrete Countertops offer a completely customizable, handcrafted surface. Concrete countertops are popular in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor entertaining areas. Often restaurants and bars use them. Concrete counters marry functionality and beauty. They are inherently durable and easy to clean and maintain.
Granite Care Do’s and Don’ts
Natural stone is porous. They needs to be sealed regularly. Regular sealing is the best way to prevent stains, water spots, and things of that nature. The sealer can be used by the homeowner, and the process does not take long at all. If you purchased your counter top at Mastercraft, we will apply the first coat of the sealer. However, it is recommended that you seal them every year.
Routine cleaning of your stone is effortless. Of course, some chemicals can harm the stone. Ammonia is one of the worst enemies of natural stone. You should avoid using it. Ammonia will eats at and dissolves the sealer and the stone. If the sealer is missing, your stone will easily get staining.
The most common cleaners that containing ammonia is “Windex.” Make sure to avoid using that product to clean your counter tops. Instead, you want to use a mild detergent and water. There are many granite cleaners available at the market that are safe to use. Soap and water are all you need.
- Clean spills immediately. Clean them without delay.
- DON’T use a cleanser that with grit. Examples include grout cleaners, bathroom cleaners, soft scrub, comet, etc.
- DON’T use vinegar, bleach, and ammonia. to clean your countertops. Keep acid type cleansers away.
- DON’T use anything abrasive on your countertops. This includes dry cleaners, steel wool, soft cleansers, or scotch brite.
- DON’T use alkaline cleaners. Check to see if the cleanser is formulated for natural stone.
- DO clean countertops with soap and water. You can also use an approved stone cleaner.
- DON’T be afraid to use your countertops normally. Just be careful about the things that could harm them.