Countertops: Quartz vs. Granite. What’s the difference?

A new kitchen countertop is a big investment in your kitchen remodel budget. Not to mention, once you pick a look, style and material, you will have to live with it for a very long time. So what to choose? Interior designers or your local home improvement store may steer you toward granite or quartz. What’s the difference between the two? We’ll help you choose what the right fit for your new kitchen project. 

To start, what exactly IS quartz and granite? Quartz countertops are manufactured. They might look natural, but in reality quartz is crushed and mixed with resin or another binding agent. The quartz itself is real, but the patterns and colors are 100% artificial. Granite countertops are mined as large, single sheets and occurs organically in nature. It is 100% natural stone and no two slabs are exactly the same. Each slab of granite is a unique, beautiful, interesting and one-of-a-king piece.

So now that we know what the materials are, let’s delve into what makes granite and quartz the go-to choices for countertops.

The visual differences between granite and quartz are a matter of taste. Some people prefer the natural and unique look of granite. From subtle colors to unique mineral patterns, granite patterns are endless and no two pieces are alike. Quartz is popular because it looks like natural stone; but because it is manufactured, a homeowner can quite literally personalize a countertop by choosing a variety of colors and patterns to specifically match a kitchen scheme.

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Granite is considered extremely durable and is known for resisting cracks and chips However, because it is a natural rock, it is not completely indestructible especially if subjected to heavy abuse. Beware, granite needs to be sealed after installation. The naturally porous material can stain from a red wine spill. As a manmade material, quartz rates a bit higher on the hardness scale and is slightly more resistant to damage. Quartz does not require a sealant, ever. A red wine spill can be easily cleaned up.

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To clean granite, wipe down regularly with a soft cloth using hot water and a mild cleanser (everyday dish soap works fine.) Beware of acid cleaners, popular ingredients in today’s organic solutions. Liquids such as white vinegar or lemon juice can leave permanent marks on a granite countertop. Because quartz is a nonporous material, which allows it to repel coffee, oil, and even food coloring without sealing. All you need for cleanup is soap and hot water. However, quartz may discolor or fade in strong sunlight. It can also be burned by hot pots or pans.

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Granite stone slabs are extremely heavy. It is impossible to hide the seams in a granite counter. Quartz is even heavier than granite. Both materials can be hard to handle, so use a professional installer for whichever material you choose. You don’t want to run the risk of breaking or chipping your countertops doing a DIY project.

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Granite is 100% natural, literally sliced from a quarry and cut to size. For homeowners who prefer organic “green” materials, granite is as natural as you can get. Quartz is about 97% natural that not only gets mixed with a resin to hold it together, but also with synthetic coloring agents.

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Believe it or not, quartz is actually a more expensive material because it is engineered stone. Options to customize your pattern and color will add to your overall cost. Budget yourself between $1,500 and $5,000 for quartz. Granite is pricey, too. However, you can save money by purchasing slabs from a wholesaler. Granite will run you approximately $2,000 to $4,000.

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