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Metro Floors & Remodelers Can Provide Stunning Granite and Quartz Countertops and Professionally Install Them

 
If you're remodeling project will include a new countertop, you should seriously consider both granite and quartz. Both of these natural stone products will give your home stunning, durable results that will be real eye-stoppers for guests and family members. Metro Floors & Remodelers provides and installs these beautiful countertops for homeowners in Fairfax, Bristow, Chantilly, Vienna and other nearby Virginia communities. Here's what each material has to offer:
 
 

Granite Countertops

 
Granite countertops are quarried directly from nature in a single large section. They are a natural stone that has been taken out in the form of large blocks that are later sliced into individual slabs. Countertops made of granite are extremely durable, but should not be considered indestructible by any means. It is a natural rock and can break or chip if subjected to heavy abuse. In addition, it's impossible to hide the seams in a granite countertop; the seams are likely to show up once the countertop has been installed. However, for regular day-to-day activities, and given proper care, this is a countertop that can last you for a lifetime or more.

The appearance of granite countertops is not completely uniform. These stones come straight from nature, and therefore aren't perfectly designed. On the plus side, this ensures that the granite countertop that you purchase will truly be a one-of-a-kind item. Granite countertops will need to be sealed before they are used and this should probably be repeated annually as long as you own the countertop. Granite is a porous stone and can only be considered stain-resistant if it has been correctly sealed. While some homeowners only seal their granite countertops every 3 or 4 years, it's wiser to do this every year. These countertops are heavy and require a professional installation. It is NOT a project for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.
 
 
 
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Quartz Countertops

 
Quartz countertops are comprised of crushed quartz mixed with resin. This is done in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin. They are manufactured in a diverse collection of different patterns and colors. Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite, but have more flexibility. This makes them easier to work with during installation. Quartz is non-porous and does not have to be sealed. Therefore, quartz countertops are virtually zero-maintenance materials. They are also very durable, but shouldn't be considered indestructible. Quartz countertops are also highly stain-resistant, so dropping a glass of red wine on them will simply require a quick cleanup.

Quartz countertops do have one drawback that you should be informed of. They may become discolored over time when exposed to the UV rays in direct sunlight. They should be professionally installed as well, since quartz is even heavier than granite of the same dimensions.
 
 
 
 

Choosing between them may be a tough choice

 
Choosing between granite and quartz is a strictly personal choice. Both make stunning countertops, and there will likely be one that you like better than the other. There are some manufacturers that offer very beautiful brands of quartz countertops such as Caesarstone and Cambria. You'll just have to decide for yourself which one you prefer.

Some homeowners like the look of granite more than quartz, because it has a natural earthy appearance; others prefer the uniformity of quartz. At the end of the day, however, you can't go wrong no matter which countertop you choose.

Need additional information about granite & quartz countertops? If so, phone us, e-mail us, or stop in at out showroom in Fairfax, VA to discuss granite and quartz countertops with one of our knowledgeable remodeling consultants.
 
 
 
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