As someone who’s worked in the Manhattan renovation industry for a very long time, I have visited a countless number of homes throughout New York City. In fact, I pride myself in remembering every address that my company, NYKB (New York Kitchen & Bath), has remodeled. One thing that I have noticed when setting foot in each space, is that one of the first questions I will be asked is, “What is the best countertop surface for my space?” Although this is a common question, the answer is not always so easy. This is due to the fact that each surface comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. While there are many different kinds of materials out there (Check out the List Here), for the sake of time, I will cover the pros and cons of three of the most requested countertop surfaces installed in the Manhattan market. Quartz, granite, and marble.
Perry Hiiman Reviews: The Quartz Countertop
In recent years, quartz has begun to surpass granite as the most popular countertop surface. One of the biggest reasons for this is its resistance to stains and cracks. A much less porous material than granite, quartz has an incredible durability that makes it extremely simple to clean and maintain. Most quartz countertop owners I come across seem to love it, in fact in my own personal experience I love to work with Quartz too. It allows NYKB to fully stand behind our five-year installation warranty and since it truly is a reliable product many owners view it as an investment. We even have real estate investors specifically request Quartz because they claim many buyers search for spaces that already have quartz countertops. Quartz also has a much more uniform color than other countertop surfaces, which can often make it more eye-appealing. Our design team loves to work with Quartz for that reason. While quartz can often cost more, in the end, because of their popularity and strength, quartz countertops are a huge selling point for anyone looking to sell their home or thinking of selling their home a few years down the line. Above all, quartz is also highly resistant to chips, cracks, and extreme temperatures, while being extremely easy to clean. The slightly higher price tag pays itself off rather quickly.
One word of caution though… if you choose to go with quartz countertops, make sure you get them from the highest quality suppliers. At NYKB, I have chosen to partner with Caesarstone, whom we’ve worked with for several years. They have never let me down and offer a wide range of rich color options to fit any kitchen or bathroom style. Best of all they have consistently proven that quality is their top priority.
Perry Hiiman Reviews: The Granite Countertop
Granite countertops have long been the standard for kitchen and bathroom renovations. Since we founded NYKB, this has been the surface most often requested. There are great reasons for this, starting with granite’s attractive look, the fact that granite does not fade and because each piece tends to have unique markings. However, I rarely consider this to be the best option for our customers. Granite countertops must be sealed after install, otherwise they will be susceptible to staining if something is spilled on them (a pretty common event in the kitchen!). This is also a process that must be done every two years. Granite countertops can also be on the expensive side, though as someone who has been in the business forever, I can often source more affordable granite options for my clients. Simply put, granite is a great option that looks great when installed, however caring for your granite countertop requires more work than quartz and there is a need for constant up keep. If you are using your kitchen on a regular basis, I would stay away from this material.
Perry Hiiman Reviews: The Marble Countertops
Marble countertops have been around for a very long time. They offer some major benefits, starting with the fact that they are the least expensive of these three options. But they are also the least durable, are much more susuptible to stains and scratches than quartz or granite and should a chip occur, there is rarely an easy way to fix this. In the long run, you may not save much money by opting for the real marble. I do however, think the uniqueness of each slab can make them a beautiful choice in certain homes, especially those with a “classic” feel. Again, if you are using your kitchen on a regular basis, this would not be the best option for you.
I hope I have been able to answer all your questions about quartz, granite, and marble countertops. If you need any more information, or would like a free consultation, please give my team a call at (212) 242-3500. Alos, please remember to like us on Facebook and share our blog with your friends.