Whether you are building new or remodeling your current kitchen, one of the biggest investments you will make in the kitchen is the countertops. So, not only is it essential to choose a counter that you like but one that is durable. If you are trying to choose between granite and quartz, both are excellent choices, but there are slight differences between the two. To help in your decision, here is a comparison.
How are Granite and Quartz Made?
Granite is an extremely hard stone, and it is 100 percent natural. Granite is made from a variety of trace minerals, including quartz. The combination of the various minerals is what gives granite the large variety of colors and textures it is available in. It is mined from quarries worldwide, then cut down to manageable sizes and polished to a smooth finish.
Quartz is slightly different from granite in that when quartz counters are made, it is done by using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resin. So, although quartz itself is a natural material, unlike granite counters that are 100 percent all natural, a quartz countertop is actually only 95 percent natural.
Both granite and quartz have a great appearance.
- Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, which are due to the way it is formed. One of the best things about the appearance of granite is that there are no two granite countertops that are the same. It does sometimes become difficult trying to find the right piece of granite that matches the color scheme of your kitchen.
- One of the primary reasons quartz has become so popular is because of its appearance; it has the look of stone. When opting for a quartz counter, there are many colors to choose from.
Which is Easier to Maintain?
The ease of maintenance is important when choosing your kitchen counters, especially if you are like many other families and the kitchen is the main hub of your home.
- Granite counters should be cleaned each day with mild soap and water. It is important to avoid certain oils and acids that can stain the granite, so make sure to do your homework and find out what you should avoid using directly on the granite. At Distinctive Marble & Granite, we use a 15-year sealer during the installation process to help keep your granite countertops looking great for many years.
- Quartz, like granite, should have spills cleaned with soap and water, but that is about it when it comes to maintenance.
Which is the Most Durable?
The durability is the biggest concern most homeowners have when choosing their kitchen countertops. Granite is an extremely durable material that is heat resistant; however, it is a naturally porous material, so staining may occur if liquids are left sitting and if the countertop receives a hard impact, it may get damaged. Quartz is actually harder than granite; therefore, it is considered to be more durable. It is almost indestructible, and since it isn’t porous like granite, it is easier to keep it free from bacteria. But, unlike granite, quartz is not completely heat resistant and can get damaged by excessive heat.
Although quartz appears to be the easiest to maintain and has a longer lifespan, it is generally the more expensive of the two depending on the color you choose. To sum it all up, both granite and quartz are extremely durable and both options are great choices for kitchen counters. So, the only factors you really need to consider is your budget and which appeals to you and your style.
Contact us today at Distinctive Marble & Granite to start shopping for your new kitchen countertops.