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This or That?

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

Granite or Quartz

When it comes to countertop selections, almost every client asks granite or quartz?

We love both options, both options are durable, resist staining, easy to maintain, and are aesthetically pleasing. The best approach to this question is to educate, both materials have pros and cons and have some substantial differences.

First up, Quartz.

white quartz

Quartz is not 100% natural. It is made of about 95% ground natural stone and 5% resins.

Pros of Quartz countertops

- Quartz is non porous. Non porous means that stains and germs will not collect in tiny pores. 

- If you like the look of white countertops but do not want marble, quartz is great for you! Quartz comes in a variety of colors and there are many colors that mimic the look of marble. 

- Quartz countertops do not require maintenance.

- Quartz is believed to be stronger than granite because there are not natural veins in the stone. - Quartz comes in solid colors.

Cons of Quartz countertops

- Quartz is less natural appearing than granite. 

- Quartz can fade in direct sunlight.

- Quartz can be damaged by intense heat –we always advise our clients to never put hot pots and pans on their quartz countertops. The resin in the countertop can melt.

- Quartz is more expensive than granite.

And then, Granite.

Granite is a natural stone that comes directly from stone quarries and is the cut into thin slabs, polished, and sealed.

Pros of Granite countertops

- Granite slabs are all unique. Mother nature created granite; no two slabs will be the same.

- Granite is very durable and strong.

- Granite can be used outdoors, because it is natural granite can withstand the elements. 

- Granite tends to be lower in price than quartz.

- There are hundreds of granite variations to choose from.

Cons of Granite countertops

- Granite is a natural stone, that means it is porous which makes it absorbent. If granite is not sealed properly or the sealant wears off, granite can stain. 

- Granite can have a lot of color variation and be inconsistent in pattern.

- Granite is not maintenance free. It requires re-sealing about once a year. - Granite does not usually come in white or very light colors.

Both materials are great choices and we love working with both! It all comes down to personal preference and how your space is used day to day. The most important thing is that you love your countertops for many years to come.

As always, reach out for more information or with any questions you may have.

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