Countertops are not a new concept; most households obviously have them, whether they are in the kitchen or in the bathroom. They serve a daily purpose in everyone’s lives and they have to withstand the test of time — yet we don’t talk about them with a lot of reverence.
There are a lot of durable and highly recommendable options when it comes to countertop materials, and trying to understand the differences and benefits of each is a huge part of initial research. Today, we’ll explore both porcelain and quartz because they are two of the most popular options in today’s market. Though they have their differences, they share a lot of similar benefits.
The history behind these materials is quite interesting and sheds light on why porcelain and quartz have made such an impact in countertop design. Porcelain actually dates back all the way to 206-220 BC — though no one knows who invented it. Archaeologists only know who used it and the time periods in which they were used by dating objects they found during excursions. Though porcelain is such an ancient material known to us, it was not actually introduced into the world of countertops until the ‘90s as an alternative option to stone and solid surfaces.
Quartz is a newer concept by the scale of time. Even though it is a natural material, the concept of utilizing it in combination with other minerals to create countertops is very new. Ironically, quartz countertops were still introduced, before porcelain, in the early ‘60s by Marcello Toncelli. They were more popular in Italy and much of Europe, but were not really introduced to American design until the ‘90s which was around the same time porcelain countertops were introduced.
Porcelain and quartz have proven durability as they have been around for decades. So, deciding which is the best fit for a household can be a tedious task. The biggest difference between Porcelain and Quartz countertops is their material makeup. Porcelain countertops are made of a type of ceramic clay, while quartz countertops — largely considered synthetic
— are made from polymers, pigments, resin, and (of course) quartz. Porcelain countertops benefit from mineral coloring as it allows for greater durability, and leaves a non-porous surface.
Quartz is also high in durability and has non-porous surfaces, but is man-made. Because quartz countertops are man-made, there is a bit of a range in the way of design.
Quartz countertops mimic natural stone looks to give rooms a more natural and earthy quality and level of elegance. Its natural competitors are granite and marble countertops, as they offer a similar atmosphere. Porcelain offers elegant and versatile living spaces for every home, as well.
When it comes to making a decision on which works best for a household, understanding the benefits of the materials used can be helpful in understanding what best fits one’s countertop needs. That’s where we come in — we’d love to have a conversation with you about what your vision is for your ideal space at Fireplace and Granite. Our showroom features the best in both countertops. By the way, they’re both heat and scratch resistant, and, because they are non-porous, they are great for high traffic areas, so as to keep bacteria and germs distant.
Ultimately, both the porcelain and quartz countertops offer timeless designs, and satisfying results for all indoor and outdoor design needs. If you’re ready to explore your options, give us a call at 704-721-0001