One of the most prominent questions we get asked at Kitchen & Bath Concepts is, “Which is better? Granite or Quartz?” First of all, both provide multiple color options, they are aesthetically pleasing, and each is comparable in price. When searching for the right countertop to fit your needs, always be sure to research the pros, cons, and maintenance of each material.
Granite is a natural stone and the most widely used countertop material in the market. Since granite was discovered in the mid-1800’s, it has been used far more than any other material. Although granite is beautiful, there are some factors to pay attention to:
- Since granite is a natural stone, there is no warranty.
- Granite is a porous stone, requiring it to be sealed regularly to protect from stains.
- Since it needs to be sealed, hot plates and pots are not advised to be placed on the surface, due to melting off the sealant.
- Pay attention to price: Construction-Grade granite will always be cheaper due to having more fissures in the slab. (Fissures are natural breaks, or cracks, in the stone).
Quartz, on the other hand, is made from 93% natural quartz and a 7% man-made binder. Natural quartz is the most abundant and one of the hardest minerals on Earth. Quartz is rated a 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale; Diamond is rated 10. Quartz countertops originated in 1960 by an Italian manufacturer that knew the potential in producing the man-made stone. Opposite of granite, quartz has all good qualities such as:
- A 15-25 year limited warranty depending on the manufacturer.
- Since Quartz is so consistent, going to a stone yard is not necessary. Quartz can be seen in a showroom on a small scale sample.
- Quartz is extremely durable. It can be cut on, it will not stain, it does not have to be sealed, hot pots and pans can be placed on the surface.
- This material is anti-microbial due to its non-porosity.
If you’re in the market for a new countertop, quartz will be your best bet. The only downfall to this stone is that it doesn’t compete with the natural aesthetics of granite. Ultimately, durability is the most prevalent factor in countertop purchases.