Both granite and quartz are extremely popular choices for countertops, so which is better? This is a very frequently asked question that we want to help clear up. The truth is, one is not better than the other. The choice between granite and quartz all depends on the customer’s individual tastes and needs. Both materials are durable and have the ability to liven up a home; however, there are some variations to consider between the two.
Granite is a natural stone, whereas quartz is an engineered stone. Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock composed primarily of minerals like orthoclase, albite feldspars, and quartz. Quartz, on the other hand, originates from one of the most common minerals on Earth, found in most types of rocks – igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. Although quartz can be purchased in a wide variety of colors, pure quartz is clear or transparent
Both materials are highly durable, which is one reason for their popularity as countertops. An argument against granite is that it must be annually resealed. Despite this being the typical circumstance, Cameo Countertops, Inc. applies a sealer that lasts up to 15 years. Although Cameo Countertops, Inc.’s sealers drastically reduce the maintenance required for granite countertops, quartz does not need to be sealed at all. Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous, which makes it very easy to clean and more resistant to chips and stains. In addition, a quartz countertop will offer stronger seams. Granite, however, holds an advantage in its resistance to heat. It also may be better suited for outdoor use, as quartz can discolor over time if directly exposed to UV rays.
Here is where personal tastes really come into play. Granite is produced by the Earth, so every piece is one of a kind. Some customers love the appeal of having countertops that are uniquely their own. However, since granite is not uniform, it is more difficult to match pieces together and create the illusion of having one continuous slab throughout your countertop. In contrast, quartz is much easier to match pieces and create unity, as it is man made. Quartz also allows for predictability, so people know what to expect when choosing a color. Ultimately, when it comes to look, granite can offer uniqueness, while quartz can offer consistency.
The most common choices of granite and quartz are similar in pricing, but granite costs start lower and continue much higher than quartz. The lowest-end granites are cheaper than the lowest-end quartz by usually around 20%. Having said that, the most exotic granites can cost two to three times the amount of the most expensive quartz. If you are looking to purchase in the mid-range of materials, there is not much variation in pricing between granite and quartz.
In conclusion, there is no solid answer as to which material is better. Some may fall in love with the individuality of granite, while quartz better suits others’ needs. The decision between the two materials depends entirely on each individual’s preferences.