Granite vs. Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Many of our customers find the most difficult decision of their remodel is choosing between granite and quartz countertops. Some people love the natural and unique appearance of granite, where others find the consistency in quartz more appealing.

Whether you prefer granite or quartz, both are excellent choices for any kitchen and bathroom remodel.

Granite is often the surface of choice for high-end applications. It provides a look that is incomparable for beauty and elegance. Because natural granite comes from the ground, it does not have a uniform pattern or color. The appearance can vary widely between slabs, and even within a single slab.

Since granite is a natural stone product it has a certain degree of porosity and must be sealed. Granite is extremely durable, scratch resistant, and impervious to water and heat. If not abused, it will hold its luster forever. However, because it is a natural rock, it can be chipped and broken if abused, and is very difficult to repair.

Quartz or engineered stone is man-made stone. It is a non-porous material, made from a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments. It has the durable strength of granite and is practically maintenance-free. Because it is non-porous, it needs no sealing, therefore making it even more resistant to bacteria and staining. It has the general appearance of natural stone, but with a consistent pattern and color. Surprisingly, quartz and granite are relatively close in price, but the cost strongly depends on the particular type of natural stone or quartz patterns.

Whatever the choice may be for your kitchen or bathroom countertops, you can’t go wrong with either granite or quartz. Both look absolutely beautiful in the end.