Countertop materials are plentiful on the market, making for a rich selection to choose from. Marble is often one of the most popular countertop choices for homeowners. However, there are other great options out there, such as granite and quartz. But, which is better? What sets the granite and quartz apart? Is one countertop material better than the other? Maybe it’s just a matter of aesthetic appeal that is the primary difference between the two. What exactly are some of the differences between granite and quartz countertop materials?
Granite is an incredibly hard stone and entirely natural. This natural stone, once mined, granite is sized appropriately, and the material achieves its fine finish through polishing.
Quartz is engineered from both natural quartz, about 95%, and 5% polymer resins.
Differences Between Granite and Quartz
- Granite is available in a variety of colors and patterns. The process that’s involved in creating the granite, the cooling and solidifying of molten materials, allows for the creation of unique patterns in each slab. The result is standout slabs that offer something different than the next piece, so your granite countertop will not look like the neighbors.
- The appearance of quartz has impacted its popularity. With a look that’s similar to natural stone, quartz can be customized to suit the homeowner’s specific design. It’s easier to make a selection that matches your color scheme than it would be to choose from a granite selection.
- Granite costs on average between $2,000 and $4,500 to purchase and install, based on info from HomeAdviser.com. You will likely need a professional to take on the fabrication and installation work, but if you have the skills to do some of the preliminary work that could save you some time and money. You could also cut costs by buying materials from a wholesaler or looking for deals when shopping.
- Quartz, according to HomeAdvisor.com, cost on average to purchase and install between $3,000 to $7,500, with quality and edging style affecting overall price. If you can manage some of the preliminary work, you could save some money, but a professional installer is best to use to do the heavy lifting to ensure structural soundness.
- Granite countertops are relatively easy to care for, requiring daily cleaning with soap and water, or the use of a gentle household cleaner. Be mindful that particular oils and acids can cause staining, so read the product label to avoid accidents that could cost you. Reseal your granite countertops annually to extend their longevity.
- Quartz countertops can be cleaned similarly to granite with mild soap and water or a household cleaner. However, yearly resealing is not necessary, thanks to the solid nature of the surface of the material.
- Granite countertops are known for their durability. They are resistant to scratches and heat. Your granite countertop could come in contact with heat without damage or weakening. Granite is porous and can be susceptible to stains, especially if spilled liquids aren’t cleaned immediately and are left sitting. While it takes wear and tear well, a high-impact blow to granite countertops can result in damage.
- Quartz is a harder material than granite and it’s non-porous, making it more durable. Quartz is close to being an indestructible material. It doesn’t easily attract bacteria like granite that’s porous. However, excessive heat can damage.
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