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Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

Are you shopping for countertops and trying to decide between quartz and granite? Both quartz and granite are good choices when it comes to beautiful and durable countertops. However, there are some differences worth noting that can help you make a more informed choice. For starters, granite tends to have a more natural look, while quartz requires lower maintenance. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at quartz and granite countertops so you can walk away knowing the pros and cons of choosing each one for your kitchen project.

What is the Difference Between Granite and Quartz?

Granite

Granite is a 100% natural stone. It’s formed during the cooling of hot magma. The flecked pattern seen on quartz comes from mica and other trace minerals. The combination of the different minerals gives granite its unique color. Whites and creams are common granite colors, but pink and red color variations and darker colors like black are also available.

Quartz

Quartz, the second most abundant material in the earth’s crust, is created when silicon crystallizes. When we talk about quartz, we generally are discussing two different types of quartz.

  • Quartzite – a naturally occurring form of sandstone that has undergone intense heat and pressure. Quartzite countertop slabs are very common, but like other natural stones, the porous surface needs regular resealing.
  • Engineered Quartz – fabricated, unlike quartzite. It’s made by crushing rocks and then binding them together with resins. Caesarstone and Cambria are the two major manufacturers of engineered quartz.

So, which is better when it comes to your countertops? It really just depends on your goals. What we can do is break down the characteristics of granite and quartz by evaluating aesthetics, affordability, durability, and maintenance.

Appearance & Colors

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Natural appearance
  • Found in a wide variety of colors ranging from common off-whites to exotic blacks and greens.
  • Seams are more noticeable.
  • Can have naturally occurring imperfections, although some consider this appealing.
  • Can only be found in naturally occurring colors.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Can come in almost any color you can imagine, from a natural marble look to bright greens and reds. White with light gray or beige highlights are most common
  • Slabs have a consistent look throughout, which reduces the appearance of seams.
  • Over time, exposure to direct sunlight can discolor the resin that binds the slab.
  • Some think it doesn’t look as ‘natural’ as other types of stone, because of the more uniform look and size of the crystals.

 

Most Natural Looking Winner: Quartz

 

Cost Comparison

Granite

  • Averages $60 per square foot. If it features unusual colors or larger sizes, the price can be increased. Smaller pieces or tiles come in at a lower price point.

Quartz

  • Averages $75 per square foot. Special edges can increase the price.

The Most Affordable: Granite

 

Maintenance 

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Natural stone is very durable and can last a long time when properly cared for.
  • The porous stone will absorb spilled liquids if they’re not wiped up quickly, resulting in stains and bacterial growth.
  • Regular sealing every 1 to 2 years is a must to help resist absorption.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • The non-porous material is highly resistant to staining and bacterial growth as it will not absorb liquids.
  • Some liquids or foods with heavy dyes can stain the surface of the counter, so make sure to wipe clean right away.

 

The Easiest Maintenance Winner: Quartz

 

Installation

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Slabs can be cut to fit precisely into the exact shape of your kitchen counter layout.
  • Professionals should be used to measure and cut because a small mistake can require re-cutting or even replacing an entire slab.
  • Extra care should be taken during the transportation of the slab and placing to avoid cracking.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Manufacturers will shape the slab to fit your requirements. Any seams will be less noticeable.
  • Cabinets will need to be reinforced because of the heavy weight of quartz. Special equipment is needed to transport, carry, and move into place.
  • Aligning cutouts for sinks can be a challenge to get right if you choose to install yourself.

 

The Ease of Installation Winner: TIE

 

 

Durability, Hardness, & Strength

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Chip, crack, and scratch-resistant. However, it’s not recommended to use your countertop as a cutting surface.
  • Can chip if struck with hard objects.
  • Edges and corners are vulnerable to chipping. Rounded edges can help reduce this risk.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Highly resistant to chipping and cracking.
  • Because of resin used in the manufacturing process, it’s more flexible than natural stone, making it less prone to breaking during installation.
  • Although it’s very scratch resistant, it’s not 100% scratch proof.
  • Scratches that do occur may be more visible because of the uniform color.

 

The Toughness Winner: Quartz

 

Heat Resistance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Because it’s formed through the cooling of molten rock, granite is very heat resistant.
  • A possibility of cracking from thermal shock exists. Always use a trivet and never place hot pots or pans directly on the surface.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  •  Can easily take temperatures up to 150 degrees, so hot water or warm plates pose no threat.
  • Although its relatively heat resistant, the resin used to bind the stone together can become discolored when repeatedly exposed to excessive heat. Always use a trivet or hot pad.

 

 

The Heat Resistant Winner: Quartz

 

Moisture Resistance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Resistant to moisture and staining when polished well and sealed with a proper sealing compound.
  • Sealant wears down over time, making the stone more susceptible to moisture.
  • Moisture absorbed by the stone can result in staining.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • The non-porous surface will not absorb moisture.
  • Dark-colored liquids with dyes can stain the surface if left sitting for extended periods of time.

 

 

The Moisture and Staining Resistant Winner: Quartz

 

Repair and Maintenance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Repairs for small chips or scratches can be done with an epoxy kit that is available at most home improvement and flooring stores.
  • Can be accomplished yourself, but for larger or multiple scratches, it’s best to hire a professional.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Small nicks and cracks can be easily filled with epoxy.
  • Discoloration from heat is permanent.
  • Cracks are difficult to repair because the consistent coloring makes them more visible.

 

 

The Ease of Repair  Winner: Granite

 

Environmentally Friendly

Granite

Lots of energy is used to mine and transport large pieces of natural stone. Buying locally is one way to reduce the carbon footprint.

Quartz

Made from crushed rock, the mining is easier, and there is no need to preserve large slabs. Sometimes “waste” product from other uses is the raw material for engineered quartz slabs.

 

The Green Choice Winner: Quartz

 

 

Resale Value

 

Granite

It USED to be that granite countertops were specifically sought out when buyers were looking for a home and it USED to be that having granite in the home added resale value that was equal to 100% of the initial cost. But, alas…it seems quartz is becoming the new granite.

Quartz

Quartz is all the rage these days, and can actually be the tipping point when a buyer is making a choice between your home and another one without quartz countertops.

 

The Most Likely to Pay for Itself Winner: Quartz

 

The Winner: Quartz

Whether you’re planning an upcoming bathroom remodel or have your sights set on the kitchen, we feel quartz is the way to go. In the bathroom, countertops receive a lot of moisture that can sit for prolonged periods of time. Unless you want to always be wiping up water on your bathroom countertop, stain-resistant quartz is the better choice. In kitchens, quartz yet again edges out granite as the better choice. Just like bathrooms, your kitchen countertops receive a lot of moisture, especially around the sink. Plus, quartz is more heat resistant and has a wider variety of colors to choose from. But, if you love granite and are diligent with maintenance, it can work great for your kitchen remodel as well. Feel free to reach out to us for more information at 970-691-6995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Collins Home RemodelingMaybe it’s a decades-old bathroom complete with the original wallpaper, or a closed-off kitchen with cabinets that have seen too many coats of paint over the years. Or it could be a dirty, unfinished basement with so much wasted potential. Maybe it’s all of these at once.

In all of these cases and more, remodeling can vastly improve your home experience and give you a modern, comfortable space to enjoy. But many homeowners who would love to make this change hesitate, year after year, with no real plan to make it happen.

Why homeowners hesitate to experience a Fort Collins Home Remodeling project?

  • Cost
  • Stress
  • Fear

Cost

Home remodeling a big investment, no doubt about it. But just think of how valuable that new and improved space will be to you and your family. And what’s more, the return on investment for home improvement projects are not too shabby. You can recoup up to 90% of your project price when  it’s finally time to sell your home and cash in your nest egg.

If you aren’t sure about the potential cost of your project, we invite you to give us a call today at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099 for a free quote. You might be surprised at how achievable your dream kitchen, bathroom, or basement can be from a financial standpoint.

Stress

True, home improvements are disruptive, and during a home remodeling work you’ll need to adjust your schedule and make some alternate arrangements. But when your project is delivered by a qualified, professional team with the right tools and equipment for the job the work goes surprisingly fast, allowing us to minimize the disruption and stress you and your family encounter.

On top of that, when you choose to work with us, you will be choosing an organized experience from start to finish. We even have a software program that allows you to track daily schedules and financials right from the comfort of your own home. And, if you ever have a question, our 3 levels of management ensures that you will get an answer promptly, each and every time.

Fear

Most people only remodel a few times in their life, and not all of those experiences are universally positive. Perhaps you’re worried about picking the wrong materials or design, or you or a family member have had bad experiences with less-than-professional remodeling teams.

Whatever your fears, Artisan Remodeling and Design is here to help. We’re a 100% independent, family-owned local Fort Collins remodeling company which means that our reputation means everything. We would love to meet and work with you to develop a design you’ll love complete with our outstanding customer service, great value, and picture-perfect results.

You can start your Fort Collins home remodeling journey by checking out our work.

Then, take the first step of arranging your free estimate by filling out our contact page.

Or

Give us a call us at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099 for your Fort Collins Home Remodeling project.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Why Hire a Fort Collins General Contractor?

 

Are you on the search for a general contractor in Fort Collins? If you’re planning something like a remodel or home renovation you’ve probably been told or already know you’ll need to hire a general contractor. You might be wondering why you shouldn’t just hire sub-contractors yourself and take charge of the project. If you have time and experience, you could certainly pull it off, but for most, hiring a general contractor is critical for the success of their project. Let’s take a look at why hiring a Fort Collins general contractor for your next Northern Colorado renovation is a good choice.

 

Building Knowledge

 

A general contractor has the experience and expertise to keep costs down during the building process. If you’ve ever taken on a new project and found yourself take three trips to Home Depot in one day multiply that by a lot more if you take on a renovation project for the first time. Like everything, there is a learning curve, and learning is expensive, especially when it comes to construction. If a mistake happens when you work with a general contractor, they eat the cost and time to fix it, not you.

 

Trade Knowledge

 

A good general contractor will closely supervise all of their subcontractors and are always checking for quality work.  If a subcontractor does a poor job, the contractor will make sure it gets remedied because it’s their name on the project.  If you’re in charge, unless you have the expertise and experience, you can easily miss poor workmanship that can cost you later.

 

Building Code Knowledge

 

Can you look at a subcontractor’s work and know if it will pass inspection? A good contractor knows what will pass inspection, which helps you avoid a re-inspection fee and delays. Codes can be complicated, and a local Fort Collins general contractor will know the local variations in codes.

 

Construction Scheduling Knowledge

 

Do you want to finish your remodel in a reasonable amount of time? A general contractor knows how to stay on top of a schedule get things done on a timeline. They hold their sub-contractors accountable, make sure suppliers have materials ready and in stock, and keep projects moving in a forward direction. If one sub-contractor misses his scheduled work, it can negatively impact the project and delay it for days or even weeks. A good general contractor knows when critical deadlines must be met, and makes sure they are met.

 

Relationships With the Right People

 

Like any industry, people network and build mutually beneficial relationships. Suppliers and subcontractors are going to be much more responsive to a general contractor they know and trust versus somebody they’ve never worked with. They want to know they’re working with a professional and will get paid on time.

 

Questions About Hiring a General Contractor for Your Next Project?

 

If you planning or ready to hire a Fort Collins general contractor for a home remodel and have questions, we can help. Contact us today, and we’d be happy to answer any questions about the process of hiring and working with us–your local, licensed and insured Fort Collins general contractor.

 

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Bathroom Renovation - Artisan Remodeling & Design

Your renovation project may very well be guided by how much you can spend; however, even with a small budget your home will offer many areas where you can improve the feel, appearance, and value of the residence.

Homeowners with a large budget may choose the kitchen or bathrooms first, since those rooms offer a boost in usability for the average family who spends a lot of time gathered in the kitchen each day. A small budget might warrant a look at cosmetic improvements or replacing features like kitchen cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures.

Getting a Return on Investment (ROI)

You might be motivated to conduct a renovation based upon the need to improve the home’s value in advance of selling or taking out a home equity line of credit. According to “U.S. News,” some renovations are classic investment projects while other projects are best suited for homeowners who don’t plan to move for several years.

Interestingly, “U.S. News” suggests that attic bedrooms are one of the best places to recoup investment dollars. However, this area of the home also represents a potentially costly project.

…you’ll recoup 73 percent of your investment when turning the attic into a bedroom. However, this also ranks as one of the most expensive projects, averaging $50,148 nationally. But if you have the money, an attic bedroom is a desirable feature among homebuyers.

Secondarily, homeowners who choose to remodel the kitchen or bathroom will recoup a healthy amount of the initial investment. These areas also tend to require a fair level of investment, but one of the best things about remodeling the kitchen or bathroom is that these areas will offer a lot of enjoyment to the present homeowners.

Therefore, if you’re not looking to move immediately, the investment in a new kitchen will offer one of the best investments for personal value of the home. Families today gather and congregate in the kitchen much more than they did a half-century ago, so a nice kitchen is a pleasant feature to have in a home.

Small Projects and Saving Money

If your budget doesn’t allow for a hefty investment and you’re not eligible to siphon equity out of the home for the project, some of the best places to consider renovating will feature low overall cost alongside a significant boost to the convenience and efficiency you enjoy in your home.

According to “This Old House,” all it takes is some “strategic thinking” to find a place to renovate in your home with a small budget. One of the best pieces of advice from the “House” experts features an improvement of overall efficiency, rather than an expansion of the home’s footprint.

If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage.

If you consider changing the present design of your kitchen’s interior, you might be on your way to a completely different space that looks like it cost a lot more than it did. A spacious kitchen will always “look” more expensive, even if the appliances and fixtures within the room are humble in price.

Changing the Surface

In addition, there are several surface-level projects you might consider that will hold you over until you have a bigger budget. A simple coat of paint can transform a room from a bland space into a warm and friendly meeting area.

Some new fixtures on the cabinets in the bathroom, along with new faucets and some hardware for the towels will give your bathroom an instant facelift that doesn’t require a full gutting of the space.

The great thing about simple, surface improvements is that they often don’t take any time to install, and they’re items that can remain in place when you go for the bigger project. Those new fixtures today will look terrific in the future when you decide to remodel the bathroom completely.

Choose the Best Place for Renovation

Would you like to know which renovation will serve your budget and home best? Contact Artisan Remodeling, today for information on how your bathroom remodeling project can create a welcoming and beautiful new space.

Yes, it’s that time again—you need to think creatively about what to do for Mother’s Day. While dinner out is nice, it’s also hard to get a table and choosing a restaurant she will like (especially if she is a good cook herself!) can sometimes be a nightmare. Flowers and a card are traditional, but nothing special. We suggest something unusual, practical, and sure to please: give her the services of General Contractors in Fort Collins, maybe with a new remodeled space.

Here are a few of our recommendations on how she might use your thoughtful gift:

  • If she always chooses to sit in the sunny window when you do take her out for lunch, we suggest the gift of a sunroom or patio enclosure addition. That way she can “get out” in the sun earlier this year, her heart—and body—warmed on a regular basis by your thoughtful gift.
  • Then there is that room in her older home that she avoids in winter because the picture window is old and drafty. You know you should do something about it, so connect with us and let’s renovate that room for her. Tell her how much you’re going to enjoy imagining her curled up on the couch, possibly beside a brand-new fireplace, looking out that airtight new picture window at all the changing seasons.
  • Or perhaps her bathroom is just not large enough for all the “necessities,” or she could really use a retrofit of the bathroom to accommodate her less flexible body. We can suggest some renovations that will make each morning easier for her, as well as some luxuries she might enjoy, such as in floor heating or a walk in tub.

So think beyond flowers or dinner and purchase a truly practical gift to celebrate your mother on her special day and maybe treat her with a new remodeled space. Contact us today to discuss how we can help!