Granite vs Quartz Countertops: Pros and Cons
Building a home is tricky especially when choosing the right materials and interiors. One of the hardest to build yet fulfilling once done in the kitchen. Our kitchen is the busiest place in the house, and so, many are just obsessed with making it look and feel amazing. Cooking shows might have influenced a lot of homeowners into making their kitchens as “telegenic and photogenic” as it can be. One part of the kitchen that is attractive to everyone isn’t always the “bar,” but the countertop. Kitchen countertops effortlessly give a beautiful accent to the busy part of the house.
When choosing your materials for countertops, granite and quartz lead the list. There is a difference between both materials, but it’s hard to identify since both are hard as stone and pretty when created as kitchen countertops. If twisted on which one to get, here are some of the comparisons between a granite and quartz kitchen countertops.
Granite countertops are directly from quarries, unlike quartz which engineered in extraction. This means that quartz countertops are more likely to appear uniform in design, unlike granite which often varies in appearance, making it more unique and appealing. Again, both are actually amazing when built as countertops, but if you really want a natural stone effect for your kitchen, you are leaning to granite then. Granite also comes in random color combinations that easily complements with kitchen interiors although many also opt for quartz countertops than other natural stones for their kitchen.
Wondering about the cost of these two leading countertop material types? Well, do not think one is cheaper than the other as both actually cost a fortune. But, if you have the budget to make your kitchen as gorgeous as it can be, need not worry as these two materials are worthy for their price. The usual price for granite countertops is $80-$175 per square foot while quartz countertops are commonly priced between $80-$140 per square foot. Prices still vary as you still have to pay for labor and installation. The reason for the high prices is the fact that both are imported and shipped in container vans. The taxes and processing fees all add up to the expensive rates of granite and quartz countertops.
In further comparison, you will see that granites are more expensive than quartz because it’s 100% natural quarried stone, comes in intricate natural designs, and can be exposed to chemicals, wines, oil, and other liquids when sealed properly. Quartz is also a good choice for its lesser price compared to granite as it is made from quarry waste and is low in maintenance.
Going natural means going for granite as it’s created from natural stones excavated from stone quarries. Granite is cut into thin slabs or tiles and polished to perfection reflected into kitchen countertops. On the other hand, quartz countertops are from stone products that contain a percentage of natural quartz. Aside from the large quantity of quartz, it’s also composed of other minerals. However, quartz countertops’ slabs are not pure quarried stones like granite.
Durability and Maintenance
We expect durability when we buy expensive things especially when it comes to our homes. It’s proven that both are leading the market not only for their beauty but for the durability both materials have. Granite is proven to be appealing, but it takes an effort when it comes to maintenance as it is porous stone. Sealing is vital in installing granite countertops, and one wrong step will ruin its beauty and durability. Quartz, unlike granite, does not need sealing and the material is uniform inside out, so the probability of cracking is low. But do not lose hope if you already chose granite as it can last a lifetime- the key is to let professionals do it to ensure that sealing it is perfectly done.
We pay the price to make sure that our kitchen gets the glamorous yet durable materials it deserves. As we spend many hours in the kitchen, we want it to last a lifetime if possible. If you drop heavy things on both quartz and granite countertops, granite is sure to have chips compared to quartz. The good thing is, repairing granite chips is easier compared to quartz’s, and you can even do it yourself. There are available repair kits in the market nowadays.
Since granite is 100% natural, it is less toxic to use with cooking which means, you can go ahead and spread all your ingredients in your bare granite kitchen countertop. It is also chemical proof and spill proof making it an expensive yet wise investment. It is also heat and stain resistant (again when properly sealed!). Granite countertops are also sun-proof as they are less likely to fade, unlike quartz. Exposure to direct sunlight which is possible as we have windows in our kitchen can damage a quartz countertop.
Quartz, on the other hand, is still a good choice because the radon amount in it imposes less danger to users. It is also less porous so maintaining it easier compared to granite that needs perfect sealing upon installation. Quartz needs no sealing at all, so you don’t have to worry about sealing it yearly. However, quartz countertop will literally get a burn mark when placed with hot pots, unlike granite.
Granite vs. Quartz Kitchen Countertops: What to choose?
There is a lot to consider in creating a beautiful kitchen but choosing the perfect tiles for your countertops at home can only be by you. You can always compare one to the other but always remember that your taste is the only thing that will matter. Whether you choose granite or quartz, with the right maintenance and usage, both are sure to make your kitchen beautiful as you want it to be, but most use granite.
- Dale Basilla