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.
- 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.
- 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.
Both quartz and granite are great choices for your
, 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!