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Goodbye to granite?

Homeowners are choosing engineered materials over natural stone for countertops.

For many years granite countertops were on the must-have list of many homeowners. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and laminate floors, were considered as high-end finishes. Well, times have changed and granite's reign has faded as engineered quartz finds favour with homeowners who are looking for materials that are just as high quality as stone, but have more flexibility in their style.

Today's homeowners are looking for a more modern look, and the offering of man-made or engineered materials have a much wider range of colours, making kitchen design much easier to control.

Granite's heavily veined look and variation in colour mean that even in a single slab you could have inconsistency from one end to the other, which is not the case with engineered products. Engineered quartz countertops are made by combining natural quartz with polymer resins, resulting in a final product with higher durability and a wider range of colours than granite. The finer the quartz is ground, the smoother the final look.

 

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