Granite or Quartz Countertops
Granite or Quartz Contertops?
Which is A Better Choice
Which is best for your home, Granite or engineered Quartz* countertops?
Countertops can significantly affect your kitchen or bathroom’s overall look and feel. When you’re planning a renovation or remodeling your home, you have a variety of options available.
Granite or Quartz, which One Is More “Natural”?
Here are some reasons you might choose natural Granite or Quartz countertops.
Countertops from Granite are made from very hard stone and are 100 percent natural. Granite counters are mined from pure stone. The stone is sawed into slabs or made into tiles and then polished for installation. There is an almost limitless selection to choose from, and no two Granite countertops are ever the same.
Quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz mixed with pigment for coloration and resin as a binder. The Quartz content is typically 92% to 94%.*
Cost of Countertop Material
At the time of the creation of this article, the cost of Quartz ranges from $80-$140 per square foot installed, and Granite starts at about $80 and can go to $175 or slightly higher for high-end material. The products are basically similar in cost.
Granite has pores and tiny capillaries within the minerals. Those natural structures wick up liquid and staining can be the result. Those pores and capillaries also harbor germs such as bacteria and viruses. Properly sealed Granite does a decent job keeping out germs, but if the sealant breaks down, there can be issues.
Because Quartz is an engineered product, it is non-porous. The non-porous surface of engineered Quartz won’t collect these contaminants, so Quartz is a better choice for a clean, germ-free environment.
The ease in maintaining the cleanliness of Quartz countertops is one of the primary reasons parents prefer them with young children. It also makes more sense for elderly, who may be susceptible to viruses and bacteria.
Quartz doesn’t require sealing. You’ll want to clean any spills on Quartz countertops with soap and water or a household cleaner, but that’s about it in terms of maintenance.
Countertops made of Granite need to be sealed at installation and resealed regularly.
Granite can stain quite easily. Granite that has been sealed with a resin-based product during manufacturing will be more resistant to trouble than standard Granite but still not as resistant as Quartz.
Finally, Granite can crack and chip more readily than engineered stone.
Both Granite and Quartz have a lifespan of 25-50 years, depending on the level of care they are given and how they are used.
Granite is a durable material that’s resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements. Due to its porous nature, though, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting, and damage can be done if your counter receives a high-impact blow.
Quartz is actually harder than Granite and, thus, more durable. Because it isn’t porous like Granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use heating pads at all times. Quartz is the material of choice for severe kitchen conditions.
Appearance & Design Options
Quartz manufacturers have figured out how to create irregularity in their Quartz, effectively mimicking the natural-looking variegation of Granite and even the swirls of marble. Conversely, some styles of Quartz can look simpler with little to no irregularity. If you are a minimalist that prefers a monochromatic kitchen, Quartz is a good option.
Every Granite countertop is one of a kind. Granite slabs are known for having a lot of “movement” and variations in its natural color, while Quartz tends to be less dramatic in its colorization.
If you want a counter with a character that is unique, go with Granite. Granite variations are standout in a sunlit kitchen!
The Greener Building Material
Quartz is generally considered a greener choice because it’s made from waste stone, and therefore unlike Granite, it doesn’t require mining slabs or shipping them around the globe.
The Argument for Granite Countertops
“Nothing beats the real thing.” This is the approach of homeowners who really enjoy having natural materials in their home.
When you look at the natural stone, you see the striations and slight color changes that make the stone unique. The color and design are real.
The Argument for Quartz Countertops
With Quartz countertops, you can get stone’s look (and durability), but maintenance and hygiene are easier because you don’t have to reseal the countertop.
Undoubtedly, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Consider Quartz Countertops for a Stone Look but Less Maintenance. If you want a unique, natural stone countertop, consider Granite. Visit our project gallery to look at kitchen countertop ideas.
If you have any questions about either one of these two countertop choices or any other remodeling question, please don’t hesitate to contact us and any time.