Countertops

Countertops: Granite Vs. Quartz

Are you in camp granite or camp quartz?  We will tell you outright that we use quartz more than granite in the work that we do.  But, we’ve used both and like both for different reasons.  We will explain some of the pros and cons of each type of countertop.

The main difference is quartz is an engineered stone and granite is a natural stone. Granite is mined from quarries around the world. On the other hand, quartz is manufactured using 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. They both have advantages. 

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Quartz

Pros:

·      Quartz has the look of stone and allows you to customize what works for your color scheme fairly easily.  It is more consistent in color and pattern, and less busy, making it easier to design with.

·      Quartz is manufactured locally and thus easier to produce and transport.

·      Quartz is a solid surface and more durable than granite. 

·      There is no need to reseal it each year and is relatively bacteria free.

·      You can use a larger overhang, usually 15” versus 12” with granite.

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Cons:

·      Most popular colors range from $65-85 per square foot, but options start around $45 per square foot. If you’re looking for cheaper, laminate is the way to go.

·      It can be damaged by excessive heat, so use hot pads.

·      Quartz does not hold up outdoors.

Granite

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Pros:

·      Granite has many colors and rich patterns for you to choose from. It has a universal appeal and great resale value.

·      No two slabs are the same. You can get a really unique, personalized look.  However, you may have to hunt for the exact slab that fits your needs.

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·      Granite can be used outdoors and holds up well. 

Cons:

·      It starts around $45 a square foot and goes up dramatically from there.

·      Granite can be costly if you are getting a slab mined from Italy.  Just keep transportation costs in mind as you make your choice.

·      It is wise to reseal your granite countertop every year.

·      Granite is porous and can stain.

Here are some ways to use granite and quartz in your kitchen or bathroom.