Two of the most popular options when it comes to countertops are quartz and granite. Though similar, there are differences between the two surfaces that lead us to prefer one over the other. Before we state our preferences, let’s review each of the options.
Granite countertops are comprised of 100% stone that comes from stone quarries. Pieces are cut into thin slabs, polished, and formulated into countertops. With a more natural appearance, granite is available in a variety of patterns and colors, the result of its molten materials cooling and solidifying.
Colors range from the common off whites to blacks and greens. No two granite pieces are alike, ensuring you will have a unique countertop.
Engineered stone products, quartz countertops typically contain a large percentage of natural quartz with a small amount of polymer resins. These stone byproducts are ground and molded into slabs. Colored with pigments, quartz can have a natural marble look to bright greens and reds, though whites with light grey or beige highlights are more common. As the slabs are manufactured, they have a consistent look throughout, which reduces the noticeability of seams. While having the look of stone, using quartz enables homeowners to tailor the design to their desires, matching the slab to their selected color scheme, making the selection process more streamlined.
The cost of the two products is similar, as the final per square foot cost will be determined by the selected style and the edging treatments utilized. In addition, both are highly resistant to chipping, cracking, and scratches. Granite is more resistant to heat, while quartz is more resilient when it comes to moisture.
When cleaning, it is suggested that granite countertops be cleaned daily using soap and water or a mild detergent. If there is a spill, it should be cleaned immediately to prevent a stain. Many manufacturers recommend resealing a granite countertop annually.
For quartz countertops, it is also important to quickly wipe up spills using soap and water or a household cleaning product, however it is not necessary to seal quartz, as it is a solid product. In addition, quartz is also less likely to conceal bacteria, as the resins make the surface less permeable.
When choosing between quartz or granite, you’re likely to be extremely satisfied with either product. With that said, our recommendation is using quartz, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. We like that it is easier to customize and trim to a needed size, does not require a chemical sealer making it easier to maintain, and is typically longer-lasting. In addition, quartz is more environmentally friendly, making it a healthier product for those that reside in the home.
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