Selecting a Countertop Material - featured image

Whether you are building your new dream home or remodeling your existing home, choosing the right material for your countertops is no easy task. The variety of materials and the selection of finishes and colors is vast. Your choice will likely be influenced by your personal style, your home décor, and perhaps the scenery around your home. Here in Northern Michigan we are blessed with a rich palette of natural beauty. No matter what inspires your choice, here are a few tips to help you decide.

One of the most common question that we’re frequently asked is, “Which is better: granite or quartz countertops?”

Both are great materials with each having advantages.


  • 100% natural.
  • Available in a multitude of colors.
  • One of a kind. Natural variations in color and veining means that each counter top will be unique.


  • Low maintenance. Just wipe down with warm water and mild soap.
  • Non-porous and non-absorbent. It won’t draw in moisture from food that can harbor bacteria.
  • It’s made from quartz stone and resin. The resin adds durability and greatly reduces the risk of fracture or chipping.
  • Wide variety of colors and finishes. Since Quartz is a manufactured surface, an almost infinite number of looks are available. And yes, you can get Quartz that looks just like granite.

Care and Maintenance

Regardless of material, reasonable caution should be used. Always use a cutting board! Don’t cut directly on any countertop. This is especially true with ceramic knives or any other high-end cutlery that can scratch almost any surface.

Use a trivet or potholders. Don’t place hot pans directly on the countertops. This can scorch or burn the surface.

Wipe spills as soon as possible. Granite may become discolored or stained if a spill is left too long. While quartz may more stain resistant, don’t delay cleaning any longer than necessary.


Neither material is necessarily costlier than the other. Price varies by brand, surface finishes and styles, and edge style. An exotic piece of stone will cost more than a common variety.

Other Materials

There are many other options for countertops that you can consider. Just a few other options include Soapstone, Tile, Marble, Butcherblock. Stainless Steel, Concrete, Recycled Glass, and Laminate. Each of these have unique properties and appearance. It all comes down to your personal style and budget, and imagination!