At New Age Contractors we install a wide range of countertop materials that you will love in your kitchen or bathroom. We know a lot of our clients have trouble deciding between quartz and granite, so we decided to write this blog to weigh the pros and cons of both materials.
Granite: The material is a very dense stone and 100 percent natural. It’s excavated from quarries all around the globe, trimmed down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish.
Quartz: The material is produced through a manufacturing process that blends around 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins.
Stunning granite countertops don’t come from a warehouse. Granite is completely natural, and with that comes all sorts of intangibles a human-made product like quartz can never have, particularly one-of-a-kind patterns and textures that you won’t see anywhere else. Every slab is a novelty, which really lets you personalize your kitchen. Whether you are looking for a subtle piece that complements your kitchen or a standout piece, the options are limitless when it comes to granite. According to Houzz it also cost less than quartz, starting granite prices can run from $35 to $55 per square foot, which is significantly less than most quartz options.
Granite requires more maintenance then quartz; it should be cleaned daily with soap and water, HGTV recommends having your countertops resealed annually. Granite is durable and can withstand heat as well as other kitchen elements, but due to its porous nature, if something spills on granite, it is not wise to let it sit there because granite is very susceptible to permanent stains.
One of the main reasons quartz has gained in popularity among homeowners is because of its appearance and simple selection process. Quartz has the appearance of stone while also allowing homeowners to customize the design. While granite offers many options regarding appearance, you may have to search high and low for the right piece that matches your kitchen's color scheme. With quartz, the selection process is virtually pain-free due to its man-made element which allows it to be more customizable. Quartz is stronger than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t permeable like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively stain and germ-free.
Quartz cannot withstand heat like granite, and if a hot cooking pan gets placed directly on quartz countertops, they can be damaged.