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Granite vs Quartz

Are you struggling with your countertop material purchase decision?

There are many options for countertops, ranging from butcher block to stainless steel, slab glass, concrete, marble, granite, manufactured quartz and natural quartzite.

Keep reading for an overview in addition to the pros and cons of granite and quartz

Giallo Ornamental Granite

Giallo Ornamental Granite

GRANITE

Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish. Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed (cooling and solidifying of molten materials). Whether you’re looking for a subtle complement to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite countertops are the same.

Care
• Clean daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner
• Reseal once a year

Pros
• Durable material resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements
• Extremely hard and will resist scratching, chipping, and performs very well under extreme heavy use
• Not “UV Sensitive” and will not fade, discolor, or dull over time
• Cost effective and a very affordable option
• Every slab is unique; there are no two slabs that will be exactly the same

Cons
• The material is porous (sealing your granite is highly recommended)
• Some oils and acids can stain the material
• Damage can be done if the slab receives a high impact blow

Calacatta Quartz

Calacatta Quartz

QUARTZ

Quartz has the look of stone while also allowing homeowners to customize the design. While granite offers many options in terms of appearance, you may have to search for the right piece that matches your color scheme. With quartz, the selection process is much easier. Quartz is slightly different in that it is not 100 percent natural. Instead, countertops are manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins.

Care
• Clean any spills on quartz countertops with soap and water or a household cleaner
• Resealing is NOT necessary

Pros
• Harder than granite
• More durable than granite
• It isn't porous like granite

Cons
• Usually more expensive then granite
• Can be damaged by excessive heat