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Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

It's difficult to remember, now that most homeowners are choosing stone countertops, but at one time the first choice for kitchen and bathroom counters was plastic laminate. Later, consumers started showing a preference for durable Corian countertops. But times change, and now demand for stone countertops is strong. With the rising popularity of natural stone surfaces, it may be helpful to contrast and compare the pluses and minuses of various types. While granite is the current number one choice for homeowners, quartz countertops are quickly gaining ground. This article will look at granite vs. quartz countertops, the pros and cons of each.

Timeless Granite

  • Granite is a 100% natural stone that has been used for building and interior design for thousands of years. It's formed deep inside the earth from large crystallized minerals, including quartz and feldspar; various accessory minerals give it different colours and patterns. Granite is quarried, then sliced into slabs or cut into tiles. Each piece of this beautiful stone is one-of-a-kind, and a granite countertop adds warmth and depth to any room, whether it's the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other part of the home.
  • Granite is extremely durable and it's scratch resistant, stain resistant, and heat resistant.
  • Granite countertops are easy to clean and provide a sanitary surface.
  • Granite has very few drawbacks, but it does require annual sealing, which is not difficult to do yourself, and has been compared to waxing a car.
  • As well, because granite is not an engineered stone, it contains flaws. Many people love these flaws, which make granite unique. Others prefer a more uniform look.
  • If you want a specific colour, you may have to pay extra for "exotic” granite, which is usually more brightly coloured or heavily patterned than more common types.

The Quartz Challenge

  • Quartz is a great alternative for homeowners who like the look of granite but prefer a more consistent pattern. Quartz countertops are about 93% natural; the surface is made by mixing natural quartz aggregates with color pigments and polymer resins. This surface is also available in various colours and patterns, and although quartz countertops have a more uniform appearance, they also lack the one-of-a-kind appeal of granite.
  • Because quartz countertops are manufactured, they are non-porous. Granite is stain resistant, but it can be damaged if acidic liquids are left too long on its surface. Quartz is less susceptible to damage.
  • Quartz countertops are also durable, hard, and scratch and heat resistant. In fact, these engineered stone countertops are stronger than either granite or marble.
  • Quartz is easy to clean and sanitary. Some types even have antibacterial protection built into the surface.

Two Good Choices

Both quartz and granite are great choices for your countertops, and choosing one over the other really comes down to personal taste and discovering which one appeals most to you.
These two options are comparable in price, in appearance, and in durability. Visit a stone supplier's showroom today, and explore the beauty of natural stone!

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