Countertop Options – Granite V. Quartz
If you are considering a remodel of your kitchen, you are likely considering replacing your existing countertops. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed while doing so! There are a variety of options, making your choices confusing. The following will breakdown two of the most popular countertop options, granite and quartz.
Granite countertops are extremely good looking, and are remarkably durable. They are mined from pure stone, which is then cut into slabs or tiles. Once cut, these pieces are polished and sold as countertops available to consumers. As a result, granite is the only option if you are looking for an authentic stone countertop. Because granite is naturally mined, the color spectrum is a bit limited. Granite countertops typically show slight variations in the hue of the stone, and range from earth tones to shades of blue and green. The beauty of granite is it’s true selling point. The natural striations you see while observing the entire slab of stone make it stand out as an accent point in your kitchen.
Granite will need to be resealed on a consistent basis, and will need to be properly sealed during the initial installation process. Additionally, granite can be prone to staining, and can be more prone to cracking and chipping. If properly cared for, granite countertops can have a lifespan of 25-50 years.
Granite countertops can range from $80 – $175 per square foot, accounting for labor and installation costs.
Quartz countertops are considered engineered stone, and are similar to granite in their appearance and durability. They are manufactured from crushed quartz. During the manufacturing process, they are mixed with pigment for coloration and resin to bind the quartz together. The ability to mix pigments during the manufacturing process can make for a variety of beautiful options. However, the quartz content is typically around 93%, meaning that quartz countertops cannot be considered authentic stone. Many of the features of quartz countertops have been engineered into them. This can be considered a positive, as many options exist and you can find a countertop that fits perfectly into your newly redesigned kitchen.
Quartz countertops are easier to care for than granite, and is more resistant to stains. Quartz is also expected to have a lifespan of 25-50 years, but with much less maintenance.
Quartz countertops can range from $80-$140 per square foot, accounting for labor and installation costs.
Get A Look For Yourself
Selecting your countertop style will be easiest if you can compare your options in person. Visit our showroom at
Kitchens and Baths by Cardigan
2141 Priest Bridge Drive, Suite 6
Crofton, Maryland 21114
Stop by our conveniently located showroom to find your perfect countertop today!