If the time has come to remodel your kitchen you’re probably faced with the same choice as countless other homeowners before you, granite or quartz countertops. Both are excellent choices and each has their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll review both here in a head-to-head comparison to help you make the best choice for your home.
The biggest difference between granite and quartz countertops is how they’re manufactured. Granite countertops are cut from pure stone mined directly from the earth. Quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz which is held together by resin. This one thing leads to all other differences between the two products. Let’s take a look at each.
When it comes to the look of granite versus quartz, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Homeowners who prefer all natural products, such as real wood floors, wool area rugs, and wood siding will almost always go for granite. The colors found in granite are produced by nature in most cases. Black granite is almost always dyed, so be sure to ask before making your purchase. Since the colors are natural they can fade over time, and not always evenly. Comparatively the colors found in quartz are place there via pigments during the manufacture process. Since the color is uniform through the material, quartz is typically more colorfast.
When thinking about durability quartz is definitely the way to go. As a natural stone, granite can chip more easily due to natural variations found within the material. Quartz doesn’t have this issue. This also applies to germs. Granite is a porous stone which contains tiny fissures and capillaries throughout. When wet the stone absorbs the liquid which can lead to excess fading and help harbor germs. Granite is sealed before it is installed but needs to be resealed regularly to keep it waterproof. Should you spill any wine or juice on granite, definitely have a towel handy to wipe it clean immediately.
Finally, when it comes to tying your entire design together there are some distinct differences between the two products. Since quartz is manufactured you can generally get it in any color or design you would like which can make the process easier. However the natural color variations found in granite make it a more unique surface choice and can help bring out distinct colors in your backsplash, floor, or cabinets.