IS GRANITE OR QUARTZ MORE EXPENSIVE?
It depends on which granite and which quartz. Granite prices ranges from $40 to $300, quartz price ranges from $45 to $125 based on the brand and color.
WHAT DETERMINES GRANITE PRICE?
Granite price is determined based on supply and demand. Looking at it from the supply perspective, some stones are naturally rare, causing supply limitations. Some are easily found, so the price is more reasonable. Looking at it from the demand perspective, the demand will be high for the nicer looking stones so that the price will go up for those materials.
WHAT ARE THE COLOR OPTIONS FOR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Granite comes in a variety of different colors from pure black color (Absolute Black) to very light colors (River White) There are thousands of different color options in granite. Some of these colors are unique, so it is not possible to find the same color and pattern later, whereas some that has granite colors such as Uba Tuba are always available in the market.
IS GRANITE THE MOST DURABLE COUNTERTOP MATERIAL?
Granite is a very hard, durable material; however, some light color granite is susceptible to staining.
From the scratching, etching, and heat resistance perspective, it is possible to say that granite is the most durable countertop material. From the staining perspective, it will be fairer to call quartz countertops the most durable countertop material.
IS GRANITE THE MOST DURABLE NATURAL STONE MATERIAL?
It is probably true to call granite the most durable countertop material. Quartzite countertops are also very durable, but they usually come in lighter colors making them more prone to staining. Other natural stone options are all more fragile than granite, such as marble countertops, onyx countertops, and soapstone countertops.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN SLABS FOR GRANITE?
Yes. Columbus Granite stocks actual granite slabs so our customers can view the actual slabs, and choose the specific slabs for their projects.
DOES GRANITE COUNTERTOPS REQUIRE SEALING EVERY YEAR?
Although there are a lot of sealing companies claiming that their sealers do last 5-10-15-20 years, we still recommend that that granite tops are resealed every year or so. It is not possible to set an exact time frame because every granite is not the same, and everybody does not use the same countertops same way.
Some light granite is more porous than most darker colors, so the lighter color granite requires sealing more often than light color granite. Some examples of light color granites are Valley Nevado, River White, Giallo Ornamental, New Caledonia. Some examples of dark color granite are Absolute Black, Volga Blue, Uba Tuba, and Verde Butterfly.
Some people get granite for their vacation house while some other people use it every day for cooking. It is not necessary to reseal granite countertops at a vacation house every year.