The decision between quartz and granite can be difficult as they can both provide quality countertops. We recommend you understand how each one is different from the other when you are looking at new countertops. Here is some detailed information we have compiled about quartz and granite countertops, along with their pros and cons.
Quartz is a strong rock that can make beautiful countertops. Quartz is considered one of the strongest countertop materials, and quartz is even slightly flexible. This flexibility makes quartz countertops a little easier to install into a home than other options.
Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous, which means it doesn’t readily absorb liquids. This also means it's resistant to stains, doesn't hold on to smells, and it doesn’t require any sealing. Quartz is heat resistant, so putting hot pots and pans on it won’t damage the countertop. Quartz is a slightly more cost-efficient option when compared to the cost of granite.
Another great characteristic of quartz is its uniformity. When selecting a color of quartz, a homeowner doesn’t have to worry about getting a slightly different color or vein pattern than what was seen at a retailer’s showroom.
One thing that is unique to quartz is that it can be discolored by sunlight. If there are areas of the kitchen counter that are exposed to UV rays throughout the day, these areas may become lighter than the rest of the countertop. Seams are also visible with quartz countertops, but depending on the color, they may or may not be less visible when compared to granite seams.
Granite is also a very durable stone that has become a staple in many new homes. Granite countertops are heat resistant like quartz countertops, but they are not as spill-resistant. Because they are a more porous stone, they can absorb liquids. This allows them to stain easily if they are not sealed properly. We recommend that granite countertops are sealed at least once a year, if not more often.
Granite countertops are formed from pure stone, so they have no added fillers. They are considered the most eco-friendly option when it comes to countertops because they create fewer carbon emissions during production. Granite countertops can even be recycled for other uses by some companies, instead of homeowners throwing them away.
Each granite countertop is very unique because no two cuts of granite stone are the same. This makes it a popular choice for many homeowners and designers. This unique characteristic of granite can also make it difficult for some to choose granite. Because uniformity can’t be promised, the colors and patterns that are seen at retailers may not always match the countertops installed into a home. The unique veins on granite also make it nearly impossible to completely hide the seams on granite countertops.
Granite countertops can be expensive, but they are usually only slightly more expensive than quartz countertops.
Both granite countertops and quartz countertops can be great options for homeowners. We recommend you visit a countertop retailer and become familiar with the different kinds, colors, and options. When making your decision, we suggest you find the option that works best for your family and lifestyle.