Granite VS Quartz Countertops
Choosing between granite countertops or quartz countertops can be tricky. To help you in this decision we’re going to give you the pros and cons of each.
Although quartz is making some in road granite is still the undisputed champion of the countertop world. It is by far the most popular countertop that is used in kitchens today. Because granite is quarried out of the earth and then sliced up into the pieces that we see, use, and are familiar with countertops it’s really important that you actually go to the warehouse and pick the slab that will get used in your house. If you try to pick granite from a sample you going to find that the top that shows up at your house probably isn’t going to look like the sample that you looked at. Granite does require a sealer. We recommend for most granite that you seal once per year. There are some sealer options out there that are warranted for 15 years, but they are obviously going to be more expensive. Granite is priced in levels. You’ll have level one, two, and three or level A, B, and C. Same concept either way, but One or A will be the lost cost granite and the prices go up as you go up the levels. The quality of the granite doesn’t go up based on the price. If you pay more for granite it isn’t a higher quality or more durable granite. Think of it as a semi-precious stone: the less of it there is, the more it’s going to cost. Some of the exotic granites that are more expensive actually break a little easier. This means they break more often in fabrication, and that drives up the cost as well.
Unlike granite, quartz is a man-made product. It’s made up of 93% crushed quartz and mixed with 7% resin binders. Because of this, quartz is very dense and none porous. This means you don’t have to seal it like you do granite. The other advantage to it being man-made is that it’s very uniform, so you’re able to choose your selection from a small sample. The uniformity of quartz also makes it easier to make tight seams that are less noticeable. Because of the randomness of granite, sometimes it’s seams can be quite obvious. Quartz is just as heavy, but a little more flexible than granite so it is less likely to break during instillation. As far as price goes, the entry level price for quartz is a little bit higher than granite. However, the cost difference between the two are so close that most people make their decisions based on aesthetic. Quartz sometimes looks better in a contemporary design because of the uniformity and material.
In the end, both options are a great choice, but we hope this blog as helped make your decision a little easier.