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6 Essential Questions To Ask When Buying New Kitchen Countertops

July 3, 2018

Granite Countertops
Aaron Crowley

Published by Aaron Crowley

You’re in the market for new kitchen countertops but find yourself full of questions.

We understand! A kitchen remodel, of any kind, is an investment. You know what you want and you know your budget.

What you don’t know, however, is where to start to ensure the final product choice not only complements your home but your own personal style as well.

We want customers to be informed. Asking questions helps to educate you about the process of choosing new kitchen countertops, from start to finish. And that means added confidence that you will receive a finished product you will be happy with for years to come.

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Kitchen Countertops 101

At Crowley’s, we encourage our customers to ask questions — lots of questions — while going through the process of selecting their new kitchen countertops.

If you have questions about materials, edging, finish, or seams, this list of six essential questions every homeowner should ask when choosing their new kitchen countertops is exactly what you’re looking for.

I’m having a hard time choosing between quartz or granite. Which one is best?

That is a matter of personal preference and what you’re looking for in a countertop. While both materials are ideal for kitchen counters, there are many differences between the two — like heat resistance or a uniform pattern. Our showroom has many examples of both types of counters where you can observe coloring, patterning, and other design elements up close and personal.

I’ve heard the term “sealing” countertops used. What exactly does that mean?

Quite simply, sealing a countertop means protecting the surface with a sealant product. When properly sealed, the surface of your granite or quartz countertops will be much easier to clean and any risk of staining is reduced. Granite countertops do require periodic sealing. Most quartz products do not, although there are some quartz products that require sealing as well. Ask before you purchase your material.

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What kind of maintenance is required for quartz or granite countertops?

Both countertop materials require regular cleaning using soap and water or a mild household cleanser, and any spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid staining.

Our Free Material Guide is a great place to compare and contrast differences between granite and quartz countertop maintenance and sealing.Download Free Granite & Quartz Material Guide

There seems to be a lot of different types of granite and quartz out there. What if I’m having a hard time making a choice?

First of all, don’t worry! Selecting your slab can be confusing and overwhelming; we understand that, and that's why we have built strong relationships with some of the best granite and quartz suppliers in and around the Portland area. These suppliers offer a huge variety of styles and colors, meaning we can help you find the perfect slab for your project. Plus, we can go with you to choose your slab.

What profile is the best for a kitchen countertop?

From clean and simple to classic and elegant, edges may be a small detail, but they’re an important one. Edge profiles will not only define your countertop, but they also allow you to show off your own, personal style.

Not sure about what edge you might want? Our Countertop Buying Guide can help!

New call-to-actionMy schedule is pretty tight. What if I can’t call during business hours?

Crowley’s will accommodate your schedule to answer all of your questions, take accurate measurements and provide you with a detailed quote. We can even come to your home to answer questions. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, we can schedule a visit for you to view our showroom.

From start to finish, we make the process stress-and hassle-free, so you can get the kitchen of your dreams! The granite and quartz experts at Crowley's will help answer your questions and help you choose the right countertop for your home and get the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us to get a free quote today.

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Tags: Granite Countertops, Quartz Countertops, Kitchen Remodel