Granite Vs. Quartz Countertops
If you are thinking about new countertops for your kitchen, you’ve probably wondered about the difference between granite and quartz. Which is more durable? Is one more visually striking? What is the price difference?
Here are a few things to consider when deciding on the perfect countertops to meet your remodeling needs.
Granite is pure stone that has been cut into slabs or tiles for countertops. Quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz and mixed with a resin to bind the quartz and pigment to provide color. Only you can decide which look you prefer. Granite has natural variations in color, whereas quartz can be in any color because of the added pigments. Granite has a natural appeal that coordinates well with other natural products in the home, such as hardwood floors.
When it comes to durability, granite does require more care. Natural stone countertops tend to stain easily and are more likely to crack or chip than manufactured ones. If the granite is sealed with a resin-based product, it will be more resistant to stains and wear, but quartz comes out on top when it comes to durability.
The cost of quartz or granite is about the same. Higher-end granite countertops may run you a bit more, but you can easily find comparable quartz and granite options. Even those on a tight budget can discover beautiful pieces in either material that are affordable and stylish.
Other Factors To Consider
Most people choose granite because they want a natural product in their home. They like the look and feel of a unique piece of natural stone adorning their kitchen. And, fewer carbon emissions are produced during the manufacturing process of granite countertops, making them a greener choice for consumers.
However, one may choose quartz countertops because they can coordinate them perfectly with the stain color of the cabinets or with their countertop appliances. They may also like that the non-porous quartz does not trap germs like its natural counterparts. Some quartz countertop manufacturers, like Silestone Countertops, will even treat their products with a coating that fights germs and keeps the counter more hygienic. Granite that is properly sealed can also keep bacteria from collecting, but the owner must maintain that sealant.
The bottom line is that quartz and granite countertops both have their pros and cons. Contact us for more information on countertop materials and design advice. We are here to help at each stage of your remodeling process and can answer more of your questions about quartz and granite countertops.