If remodeling your kitchen is on your to-do list, then you’ve likely had your eye on granite and quartz countertops. Now you might have already chosen the color for your countertops, but can’t decide between granite or quartz. So here, we’ll break down the key differences between granite and quartz.
Granite is a rock found in the earth’s crust. It is a naturally occurring rock gradually created by the crystallization of the earth’s magma. The extended cooling process results in a hard, durable material. As a result, granite is in rough form when extracted from the earth’s crust. The rugged rock then goes through a fabrication process where it is cut and polished to make granite countertops.
Because granite is a naturally made material, it exhibits gorgeous features that are unparalleled to any manufactured product. Granite showcases the beauty of Mother Nature and all its glory. It replicates an authentic style and earthy tones that bring a refreshing and untouched look to any design space.
Quartz countertops are not 100% natural and are man-made. While these countertops are produced with genuine quartz crystals, they must go through a manufacturing process that binds the crystals with other materials like resins and pigments. This process results in a durable countertop that is non-porous and available in a variety of colors.
Because quartz is a manufactured material, it is eligible to mimic the various looks and textures of natural stone, while providing more color differentiations, unique patterns, etc. Quartz is made to be a durable product that is wonderful for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and more.
Granite Vs. Quartz
• Heat resistance: Granite is more heat resistant than quartz. With quartz, you must always use something like a trivet to protect from heat.
• Stains: Quartz is less likely to stain than granite because granite is more porous.
• Colors: Each piece of granite is unique since it comes from the earth. Quartz comes in a variety of colors and can have veining.
• Durability: Both are durable, but quartz is harder than granite.
• Scratch-resistant: Quartz and granite are both scratch-resistant.
• Sealing: Granite must be resealed on schedule to prevent stains and moisture damage. Quartz does not require sealing.
Ready to Get Started?
Quartz and granite are beautiful and durable countertops that will transform your kitchen. Both are considered modern updates and will add value to your home. Would you like to view our countertop slabs in person? Contact us today to schedule an appointment to view our showroom.