When it comes to designing a kitchen or bath, there are many decisions you are responsible for making. One of the hardest decisions we most often see from our customers is the selection of their countertops. After all, your final selection can change the entire look and feel of your space. Let’s face it—that thought alone can be overwhelming.
When selecting countertops we get an assortment of questions ranging from “what’s the cheapest option?” to “What is the easiest material to clean?” but we often get the age-old question, “what’s the difference between quartz and granite?”
The biggest distinction between quartz and granite is the material of which it is made up. Granite countertops are pure and mined from natural stone. The stone is cut into slabs, polished, and ready to go for installation. If you want authentic stone, then granite should be your choice.
On the other hand, quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz and mixed with pigment for coloration and set into a resin binder. The resin binder creates an extremely hard surface making it much stronger than granite. On the contrary, both are durable and will last the lifespan of your home.
Quartz has historically been more expensive than granite, but the times have changed and technology has improved. It is now a toss-up for which one is more expensive. Prices range in both granite and quartz based on your color selection.
Durability & Maintenance
While natural granite is strikingly beautiful and strong, the stone will need to be sealed on a regular basis to prevent staining and the growth of bacteria. Granite can stain easily if it is not sealed. In addition, granite can crack and chip more easily due to its pure state. If you decide on a natural stone, make the commitment to seal it on a regular basis.
Quartz does not require sealing or any other routine maintenance. Because quartz is an engineered product, it is non-porous meaning it will keep out germs and stains. In the long run, quartz requires the least effort and upkeep making it more popular than ever before.
Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As you look at granite and quartz countertops you’ll get a feel for which one your prefer — finding the perfect solution for your home.