Granite vs Quartz: Understanding Its Pros and Cons

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How To Choose Between Granite & Quartz

Of the many countertop options available to fabricators, granite and quartz are two of the most popular countertop stones in home design. Both of them are attractive and durable, but they aren’t interchangeable.

Granite and quartz have a number of different properties that make them better for different use cases.

The average homeowner may not think much about these differences beyond aesthetics, but they’re important to consider for your installations.

Here at Cutstone Company, we have years of expertise helping people find the ideal countertop, and we know granite and quartz inside and out.

So let’s compare granite and quartz and help you decide which is better, quartz or granite, for your needs.

Granite vs. Quartz: Durability

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Both granite and quartz are extremely durable and resistant to scratches and chipping. Granite can chip if struck very hard on the edges, but you would need to use a hammer or something similar to accomplish that.

Quartz is even harder than granite because, as an engineered material, quartz is held together with a strong resin that adds extra flexibility. The flexibility makes it more resistant to cracking.

Granite vs. Quartz Maintenance

Quartz is an engineered material designed for low upkeep. Unlike granite, it does not need sealing; it’s nonporous and scratch resistant. Granite needs regular sealing; your fabricator can help you determine a schedule.

Granite vs. Quartz: Weight

Quartz is much lighter than granite because of its resin. Granite is very heavy, and if you’re using a lot of it, you may need to consider extra support.

Granite vs. Quartz: Heat Resistance

Both granite and quartz are heat resistant; however, granite is more resistant to heat than quartz. The resins used to bind quartz are not highly heat resistant, and if you put hot pots and pans directly on quartz, it can damage your countertop and leave burn marks. You should also take care with granite; while granite itself is virtually heatproof, the sealant is not.

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Granite vs. Quartz: Costs

Granite and quartz vary in cost depending on design and quality. You should discuss this with your fabricator; they can help you find the right stone for your budget.

Granite vs. Quartz: Designs

Granite is a natural stone, and no two slabs are identical. Every granite countertop is completely unique. Quartz is factory-manufactured and comes in many different colors and patterns. Both granite and quartz are available in lots of varieties that can work well in any home design.

Granite vs. Quartz: Kitchen Use

Both granite and quartz are excellent kitchen countertops. Quartz is nonporous, making it highly resistant to stains, liquids, and bacterial contamination. Granite, when sealed properly, performs similarly. Both are durable enough for high-traffic areas and resistant to scratches—although granite is a little more resistant than quartz.

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Granite vs. Quartz: Outdoor Use

Quartz shouldn’t be used outdoors. The resin will become discolored from the sun. Granite, on the other hand, is one of the best choices for outdoor use. It can withstand the sun’s heat and is even safe to use around fire features. It can handle extreme weather conditions too.

So, which is better, quartz or granite? That entirely depends on your needs. Both of these countertop options are capable of high performance, and when you look at the pros and cons of granite and quartz, you need to apply them to your specific countertop needs.

If you’re not sure which is best, we can help you make that choice. Reach out to Cutstone Company for a free estimate and guidance on your countertop project.

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