Quartz and granite countertops both have excellent features that are worth comparing. Both will also look beautiful in any home. There are a few differences, which we are about to get into, but in the end it comes down to your personal style versus how you use your kitchen.
To help you decide which would work better in your home, here are the main differences that you should keep in mind.
Granite Is 100% Natural
It’s quarried directly from the earth as one large block of stone. It’s 100% natural and when you buy it you’re guaranteed that nobody else in the world has one that is exactly the same as yours. You’ll be buying a one-of-a-kind kitchen work surface that reflects your personal style.
For many people it’s granite or nothing. This stone has built up its own social status and when a new countertop gets installed you’re pretty much guaranteed some “oohs” and “ahs” from your visitors that are checking it out for the first time.
It’s also offers a higher resale value for homes in general making it the most popular choice in high end homes.
It’s Nearly Indestructible!
When it comes to functionality however, granite has a tough time when we compare it to the strength and non-porous surface of quartz.
All natural stone is porous and needs to be sealed at least once a year to prevent staining. You can probably get away with not doing it but the risk of staining gets much highest without a good sealant.
I Did Say Nearly
With day-to-day use granite does not scratch, crack or break easily at all. With that said, there are cheap products out there for sale that can crack more easily and may come with some blemishes.
The best way to ensure that you’re getting high quality is be sure that the stone is quarried from a well-respected country in the industry. The stone yard that you’re purchasing from can more than likely tell you where every slab comes from and can probably prove it with paperwork that they have on file.
Quartz Is Maintenance Free
If you can’t be bothered with yearly maintenance, quartz is a great choice. It’s a manufactured product that is a combination of 93% crush natural stone and 7% resin. Some manufacturers use more or less resin in their products. Generally, the more resin the lower quality the final product is.
Thanks to the resin, these counters are non-porous so they don’t require any sealing and are virtually maintenance-free. You can purchase slabs that look natural, similar in appearance to granite or marble, and in many cases you won’t be able to tell the difference between them.
If you’re looking for something modern and colorful, however, you can also find it. Color dyes are added during the manufacturing process so you’ll have the option to buy vibrant blues, reds, oranges, or just about any other color you can dream up.
If you are shopping for a countertop for your contemporary kitchen or for something with a bit more classic appeal, you’ll have lot’s of options with an engineered product.
Which Will Chip Easier?
Granite is very strong but it can chip on occasion, especially if something heavy is dropped on it. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, tend to be stronger and can withstand all types of abuse. If your drop a heavy pot on it, it’s very unlikely you’ll see any dents or chips.
Quartz also tends to hide its seams better versus other options. It’s almost impossible to completely hide the seams with granite whereas you’ll have to look closely to see the seams in an engineered counter. This is especially true with darker color. If you are looking for a sleek and modern seamless look for your kitchen, engineered may be your best option.
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