Granite versus Quartz Countertops – All You Need to Know

So you are probably here because you have decided it is time to upgrade the kitchen and the proper countertop choice can make all the difference. Like most people you have also likely narrowed your choices down to granite and quartz. With so many options to chose from and opinions to listen to how can one even decide. No worries, here we will breakdown all the pros and cons in our granite versus quartz countertops breakdown.

Granite Countertop

Natural

Granite samplesGranite is a natural stone cut out of the sides of mountains and polished down into a beautiful showpiece for your kitchen countertop. Due to it being a natural product each slab is unique with its own unique characteristics. Granite has natural beauty and that is what attracts many to it and is why it has been a popular choice for so long.

Durability

The whole process of how granite is naturally made in the first place by going through extreme conditions combined with the minerals that make up the stone is what makes it one of the hardest surfaces you can choose to provide superior durability. This makes it an excellent choice for a kitchen countertop because it takes the beating of pots, pans, knives, heat and cold. As a matter of fact granite may be the most heat-resistant choice you are can choose for your countertops. It is recommended to seal your granite countertops soon after they have been installed as granite will absorb moisture, chemicals, dirt, etc.

Custom Made to Fit Your Needs

After granite is mined and sliced up into slabs out of the solid blocks pulled from the mountain it can be cut to size to perfectly fit your specific needs. You can find it in huge raw slabs that need fabricated to your dimensions or you are can find it already cut down and fabricated in what are called prefab slabs. Prefab slabs are basically ready to install just need to be cut to size and sink cutout and its ready to go.

Endless Color and Pattern Options

Granite can be found in pretty much any color imaginable and it all sorts of patterns. The possibility of combinations are almost endless and you are sure to find the right fit for your kitchen color and design scheme.

Uniqueness

As we touched on earlier granite is a natural product and because of that each slab will be its own unique slab and no two slabs will be the same. Granite slabs will vary within the same color, piece and lot. The way granite is able to be finished also gives it a unique appearances whether you are want high gloss or matte finish, if you want the pits left open or filled smooth with rosin, if you are want your edges rounded, squared, chiseled, all of these make each finished slab unique.

Low Maintenance

If you took our advice and sealed your granite countertops then granite countertops are super easy to clean and maintain.

Granite maintenance

Quartz Countertops

Consistnecy

Since quartz is man made as opposed to being naturally created like granite, you will find the slabs are more consistent from slab to slab, and are free of pits, fissures, etc.

Wide Color Range

Being man made also gives quartz an opportunity to be produced in a wide range of colors. The biggest difference here when compared to granite is that quartz slabs will be consistent from color, slab to slab and lot to lot.

Caution with HeatQuartz countertops

Quartz is nowhere near as heat-resistant as its granite counterpart. Yous should use caution with hot pans, we recommend placing something on the countertops to set hot pans on to avoid damage from the heat to your countertops.

How Are They Made

Quartz countertops are made by using crushed quartz and mixing it with resin and pigments to achieve to desired color and to bind it all together. Because of this quartz is not porous like natural stone therefore there is no need to seal your quartz countertops.

Maintenance

Quartz is very low maintenance since it is not porous it doesn not stain easy. Simply clean your quartz countertops with soap and water and a soft towel like microfiber.

quartz countertops

Conclusion

There really is so much to like about each material it is tough to say one is necessarily better than the other one, which is why the two are by far the two most popular choices for kitchen countertops. It really just comes down to what you are personally trying to achieve in your kitchen.

The good news is that there isn’t a bad or wrong choice. Both materials make excellent kitchen countertops and as long as you maintain and protect them properly either one will give your kitchen that centerpiece to make it pop and last for decades.