Countertops: Granite vs. Quartz
Next to the cabinets, countertops are the personality of your kitchen. Most people narrow their choice down to two materials: Granite and Quartz. But how do you decide which one to go with? Here are some facts about each stone that may help you make your decision.
Granite is the classic choice. They are naturally crafted and each piece is unique (not factory made). This material has stood the test of time. These countertops will never looked dated or go out of style.
Granite is a great choice if you need a wide slab. Unlike Quartz, which is usually only available up to 60" wide, it's common to find Granite in slabs wider than 70". If you're updating a large area, this is key to consider.
Generally speaking, Granite is a more cost-effective option. Of course there are always exotic choices which will increase the cost, but the entry level price point is less than most Quartz.
Some things to keep in mind is that Granite is porous and requires a bit more maintenance than Quartz. It is not resistant to moisture and should be sealed regularly (every 2-5 years depending on product used). It is also more brittle than Quartz and is more susceptible to breakage.
Quartz is the new kid on the block. It's the popular, new choice that is best known for it's clean, simplistic look. It's become a designer favorite and can be a big selling point for home buyers.
Quartz is stronger than natural stone. It's pretty immune to scratches, scuffs, and stains. This low maintenance option does not require sealing since it's nonporous. Soap and water can handle most spills.
Given the popularity and durability of this material, it does run at a higher price point than most Granites.
Keep in mind that Quartz is not suitable for outdoor use. The surface can fade and discolor over time.
Quartz can be considered 'cookie cutter' since slabs are manufactured and tend to look alike. While there are lots of other ways to make a kitchen feel unique, this is important to keep in mind for home owner's that want a one of a kind look.