When selecting the best material for countertops, the most common options that come to mind are granite and quartz. These two are the most popular choices and are often confused because of their similarities.
However, if you take a closer look at the details of their characteristics, you’ll notice that quartz and granite are very different from each other.
Composition and Appearance
Quartz is a synthetic material used to simulate the look of natural stone. It is the most common and affordable option. It comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, and the material itself can be engineered to be more stain-resistant or heat-resistant than natural stone.
Granite is a natural stone material. It is 100 percent natural with no synthetic or man-made glues or binders. Because it is a natural stone, it will vary in appearance no matter where it is mined.
This makes it a better choice for those concerned about the natural environment and for individuals with environmental allergies. It is more durable and stain-resistant than quartz. Granite comes in different colors and patterns, but the color palette is typically more limited than quartz.
Maintenance and Durability
Quartz is highly durable. However, it is still not completely stain-resistant. It can be treated with sealants to prevent stains, but if you leave something on it for a long period and you fail to clean it, it can etch into the surface.
For this reason, we recommend avoiding using quartz in high-traffic areas. Granite is very durable, and it will not stain. However, it can scratch and undergo damage.
It is not a shock absorber, so if heavy objects fall on granite, they can leave a scratch. Like quartz, you can treat it with sealants to prevent scratches and stains, but that doesn’t mean it’s scratch-resistant.
Cost and Installation
Quartz is more cost-effective than granite. A quartz countertop can cost as little as half of what a granite countertop would cost. Quartz can be easily installed on a DIY basis, while a granite countertop requires a professional installation.
Granite is more expensive than quartz. On average, it costs almost twice as much to have a granite countertop as a quartz countertop. Installation of granite countertops is also more expensive.
Quartz is a manufactured material, so it is not friendly to the environment. While it is made with the same materials as granite, it is manufactured more efficiently and uses fewer resources. In addition, it is more affordable and available in home improvement stores.
On the other hand, granite is a natural material, so it is friendlier to the environment. It should always be recycled and reused when possible, and it is more durable, lasting many more years, and used in other ways when it is no longer needed as a countertop.
Quartz can be used in almost any setting where you would like to simulate the look of stone. You can use it in kitchens and bathrooms, and it is quite durable.
Meanwhile, granite is versatile. You can apply it in almost any setting where a natural stone is required. Because of its high durability, it also works well in high-traffic areas of a kitchen or bathroom.
Most people choose quartz if they are looking for an inexpensive countertop. Quartz also comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, so it is ideal for those who want something visually appealing.
Those who prefer a countertop that will last and want something unique, environmentally friendly, and affordable often choose granite.
For those with specific ecological concerns, granite wins above all else. It is made with natural materials, so there is no need for concern about any additives or chemicals. But for people on a budget, quartz is the obvious choice. It is made with the same materials like granite, so it is quite durable, but it can be etched if not properly taken care of.
In the end, it can be hard to choose a material for a countertop. However, quartz and granite are excellent materials that are beautiful and durable. The decision will come down to your needs and preferences.
Cutstone Company provides residential and commercial kitchen countertops in Birmingham, AL. Let us guide you in finding the perfect countertop for your home. Contact us today to get started!