Top 5 Things to Know About Choosing Your Kitchen Counter

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Adair Homes, a custom home builder in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho has launched a in-depth training program for employees. The training was launched as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to customer service and helps answer the tough questions.

Qaurtz Countertop in Adair Homes Livingston Plan

Adair Homes partners with luxury fabricators that use Breton technology, a process developed in Italy to increase granite’s resistance to permanent staining.

The biggest decision in the kitchen for custom homeowners is choosing the right counter. When it comes to designing a premium home kitchen, the decision usually comes down to selecting between granite and quartz. After an in-depth training explaining the pros and cons of granite versus quartz, the professional team at Adair Homes can provide custom home builders with the information needed to make the right decision.

So what is the difference between quartz and granite?

Composition—At 100 percent natural, granite is sliced directly from the nation’s quarries. The slabs that become part of each home are cut to size and honed down until they are smooth. No granite counter is like another as each has its own unique characteristics.

The quartz used in countertops is almost all natural, but most utilize a blend of pigments and polymer resins to retain a more consistent look. And other than a diamond, quartz is the hardest surface.

Care—Fortunately, both surfaces require very little care. For granite, consider refinishing once a year. This can be done more often but it isn't required.

For quartz, use a non-abrasive cleaner like Dupont Revitalizer once a year to keep your counters gleaming. For minor daily or weekly maintenance keep a magic eraser on hand.

Common Myth—The most common myth about granite is that it is not resistant to difficult stains such as a glass of red wine that has been left too long. Adair Homes partners with luxury fabricators that use Breton technology, a process developed in Italy to increase granite’s resistance to permanent staining.

Color—Quartz will withstand persistent exposure to UV light better than granite. As a result, it will take longer for quartz to fade and lose its vibrancy.

Contemporary or Classic—Ultimately, most custom home owners will choose their countertop based on personal preference and style.

Quartz is typically the selection for those who want a more contemporary, modern feel. And because quartz is produced in 200 slab runs, the look remains consistent from what can be see in the Adair Homes Design Center to what is installed in homes.

On the other hand, for those who want a classic look, granite is the right choice for your countertop. With motion movement and pattern variations, each granite slab has unique characteristics to make your kitchen counter timeless.

Visit any of the 14 Adair Homes locations to learn even more about the choices between quartz and granite.

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