If you are considering renovating your kitchen in 2018, you might want to reconsider that marble countertop. There are many prediction analysts out there that are ruling granite countertops “out of style”. I am so excited! I have been waiting for this day. Now we will no longer hear all the home shoppers and flippers whine about ripping out the kitchen and replacing it with “granite countertops”. Granite is no longer the most popular material.

Guess what is replacing the favorite for years. According to Trulia, more versatile, low maintenance materials like quartz are the most popular this year. Houzz reports that 43 percent of their surveyed participants are choosing engineered quartz for their countertops compared to 34 percent who chose granite. This may not seem like a big lead however granite has been on a three – year decline (down from 45 percent in 2016).

Interestingly enough, the average cost of granite versus engineered quarts is quite similar. Believe it or not, durability is most often the deciding factor between the two for homeowners. Granite is typically cut from slabs of pure stone while engineered granite is a composite of ground quartz and resin – making it a much stronger and durable material. Not only does quartz deliver a clean minimalistic look, it is less porous than marble, which makes if more sanitary and safe for your family.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design