Back To The Basics.
When choosing great looking, durable countertops, both quartz and granite are an excellent choice. However, there are some fundamental differences.
Granite is a natural stone formed during the cooling of magma. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish.
Quartz is slightly different in that it is not 100 percent natural. Instead, countertops are manufactured using ground natural quartz and crushed rocks – bound together with resin.
Now that you know the basics, let’s see how they compare against each other.
Granite has a very natural appearance and can be found in many colors. Every granite slab is slightly different in mineral pattern and color, meaning that your countertop will be unique.
Quartz countertops, as an engineered product, are more uniform in appearance, though many colors and unique patterns are available, including forms that do and do not resemble granite.
The choice here is a matter of personal preference. Whether you’re looking for a subtle compliment to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and we’re here to walk you through it all.
No question about it: both granite and quartz are premium countertop choices. With an array of choices at your fingertips, pricing can vary greatly.
The best thing you can do is see it in person! Our team would love to walk you through our showroom and provide you with multiple options to fit your budget and style.
3: Maintenance & Durability
Granite is a relatively porous stone that is sealed upon installation. Wipe up spilled liquids quickly because if left, the porous stone will absorb them, and they could cause staining and bacterial growth. Granite countertops should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.
Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t porous like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Be careful with cooking pans though: Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use heating pads at all times.