Deciding the type of countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is a big choice. There are so many options. How do you know what to pick? Two of the most popular choices today when people are selecting new countertops are granite and quartz. Is one better than the other? Is one better for your lifestyle or taste? You can be the judge of that. We will compare the two types of countertops to help you select the best for your preference and habits. Is one more durable than the other? Does one handle heat better than the other? These are answers you should know before deciding on a particular type so you know what you want and how to treat these particular countertops.
Granite wins in this category as it is 100% natural stone that is sliced in a quarry, cut to fit each kitchen and polished smooth. Quartz is an engineered, man-made stone consisting of 93% natural quartz stone but then leftover 7% are coloring and resin materials. The combination of quartz and resin are combined to create superb strength in the quartz. While both options are made of stone, some feel the authenticity of 100% natural granite stone gives it the upper hand. It is a matter of preference in this area.
In the competition of durability, granite has been around much longer than quartz. Granite has withstood the test of time as it has been around for many decades while quartz is a relatively new kid on the block. Here is how both compare in these durability factors:
- Chips and cracks: Though granite is an extremely hard stone, in comparison to quartz, it is more prone to cracks and chips during installation. Quartz is stronger on the durability scale as it resists cracking and chipping over time. Both are still excellent options in the kitchen, though quartz ranks slightly higher when it comes to likelihood of chips and cracks.
- Scratches: Both options are scratch resistant but not indestructible, scratching is still possible and care should be taken. You can cut with knives on both surfaces but to keep these countertops in peak condition, a cutting board is advised, also since it dulls knives to cut on stone.
- Heat: Granite takes a lead in this area as it handles heat better. Quartz can handle heat to some degree but for a long period of time or at high temperatures, the resin within the quartz, can discolor and turn white. Granite on the other hand can withstand very high temperatures as it is natural stone.
Both quartz and granite have their weak spots in the durability area but on the whole, these two options are perfect choices for the kitchen and bathroom.
When it comes to countertops, both quartz and granite are expensive options and to get quality, you will need to spend a bit of money. The least expensive countertop option is laminate but everyone knows that the beauty in that option is nonexistent in comparison to granite or quartz. Both of these stones are expensive but for long lasting quality, the price tag is worth it. It also depends on the type of granite you select. Some granite slabs can price lower than quartz but as the quality increases, the price tag exponentially goes up. Rare and unique types of granite can be quite costly. Granite prices range between $45 to $75 per square foot comparing to quartz prices, which range between $55 and $85 per square foot. Both these stones can have much higher prices if higher end stones are chosen.
Granite has been the popular choice in countertops for decades. The mere mention of a house selling with granite countertops is a huge selling point. Adding granite to a home increases its value instantly. However, quartz is a trendy choice in recent years. It is in style and can be made in many different colors to match. Due to its demand, it is equally as desired as quartz. Granite is timeless and the appeal is always an attraction to potential home buyers. Upgrading to either option is sure to increase the value in your home, especially if you upgrade from the less pleasing laminate countertops.
Granite tends to be porous and needs to be sealed every 1-3 years to protect it from stains. Keeping it sealed helps keep its lustrous shine and beautiful quality it had on the day it was installed. If it is not sealed, over time it can become susceptible to stains absorbing in the tiny pores and capillaries within the stone. Quartz on the other hand, is nonporous and since it is an engineered stone it does not need to be sealed. In this aspect, quartz requires less maintenance than granite.
Both countertop types in the granite vs. quartz debate are easy to keep clean. Though not as likely as other countertop options, granite can be porous if not sealed correctly and can absorb stains. However, it is very hardy and resilient to chemicals thus you can clean it with just about anything. Comparing quartz, it is nonporous and does not harbor germs, though careful attention should be paid when it comes to the type of chemicals used. Warm soapy water is perfect to clean quartz, but it is not as tolerant to harsh chemicals. Special care needs to be paid when cleaning these countertops.
Granite is natural, thus you will see variations in the pattern and veins of color and natural, unique textures are-one-of-a-kind. Quartz is manufactured in a similar way every time, thus the designs and patterns in the stone are more uniform. One choice is not better than the other in this situation, it depends entirely upon your preferences.
Weighing all the options
When it comes to granite vs. quartz, looking at your lifestyle, the price you want to spend and the overall look, you picking the type of countertop that is right for you should be easy. Our staff is happy to help you select your favorite color and style in the stone you desire. Our showroom is stocked with many varieties and colors to make your selection easier. We are excited to serve you.