Comparing Quartz And Granite Countertops
Quartz and granite have quite a bit in common. For those looking to complete a kitchen remodel to add value to their home, those looking to install durable and easy to clean countertops, and those who want to extend their style to their counters, these are the two materials that will likely be at the top of your wish list. While quartz and granite have a lot in common, they also carry with them some differences, and it’s in these differences you’ll find your decision maker pointing to which is better suited for your particular needs.
First and foremost, it’s important to make the distinction between natural stone and engineered stone. What this means is that granite will come right from the earth, with the patterns and markings nature intended, truly bringing a bit of the outdoors to the interior of your kitchen. As an engineered stone, Quartz provides some more style options when compared to granite, but doesn’t have the truly natural feel. Both are natural materials, and natural markings can be replicated in engineered quartz, but with granite, you’re getting more of the real thing. If customizing your kitchen is more important than bringing in authentic natural markings and a more purely eco-friendly feel, quartz may be a better option over naturally harvested granite.
While at one-time quartz and granite were evenly priced, granite is slowly edging into becoming the pricier option. The rising popularity of quartz has begun lowering the pricing of quartz on average, but not by very much when compared to granite. While the pricing difference tends to be small, it could be an impacting factor for those really on the fence between the two materials. However, depending on the style of quartz chosen, it may be the more expensive option in some instances.
If low-maintenance is a selling point, quartz does have some distinct advantage over granite. Granite is a porous natural material that must be sealed in order to be maintained and will require periodic re-sealing throughout the life of the granite in order to keep the material smooth, easy to clean, and damage-free. The resins naturally mixed in with quartz countertops do not need to be replaced, and will provide a smooth and beautiful finish for many years with no refinishing requirement whatsoever.
Regardless of your choice between quartz and granite, there is one thing for certain – you’re adding value to your home, durability to your kitchen, and style to your home by choosing either of the two highly popular countertop materials. To learn more about quartz and granite, and which option might work best for your kitchen remodel, contact us at Cardigan Kitchens and Baths today.