We are always getting asked What is the difference between granite and quartz for countertops?
Granite and quartz are both great choices for countertops, and come in many different patterns and dazzling colors. If you’re about to embark on a bathroom or kitchen remodel, hire an experienced countertop professional who offers granite and quartz installation services, as well as bathroom and kitchen design.
Quartz countertops are engineered products that are made with crushed quartz and resin—the ratio of quartz to resin varies among manufacturers, but is on average about 95% quartz to 5% resin. Quartz countertops are not porous, do not need to be sealed, and are stain and scratch resistant. These characteristics make quartz countertops easy to clean and maintain, and an unfavorable place for harmful food-related bacteria to colonize. Though quartz countertops are highly durable, they are not immune to damage. For example, repeated exposure to direct sunlight can cause quartz countertops to fade over time.
Granite is a natural product, mined in large slabs from quarries and shipped all over the world. It’s highly regarded by homeowners and interior designers, and known for embodying elegance and natural beauty. Since granite is porous, it needs to be sealed—and resealed every year—to protect it from water intrusion and damage.These countertops are extremely durable, but like all natural stones, granite is susceptible to staining, scratching, and chipping. With proper care, granite countertops can last for a lifetime.
In conclusion, the better of the two is your personal preference. One customer may appreciate the natural veining and different movement found in granite slabs while another prefers the consistency that comes with quartz base surfaces. Both granite and quartz base surfaces will increase the beauty of your home as well as the value.Choosing to upgrade your countertops to a quartz base surface or granite will only benefit you in the long run.