If you’re planning on upgrading your countertops but are struggling between whether you want to go with beauty of quartz or durability of granite, then this article is for you. The choice isn’t an easy one because both options are full of superior qualities. Read along as these two stones are compared in an effort to make your choice the right one for you:
Granite is quarried and starts its journey as an enormous chunk of stone. The slab is then cut and polished down to size. Quartz countertops consist of primarily crushed quartz blended with some resin. This helps makes them available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.
THE PROS AND CONS
- Both materials have their own set of benefits and drawbacks:
- Quartz countertops are comparable in strength but have the added benefit of greater flexibility.
- Quartz is non-porous and doesn’t ever need to be sealed. They are virtually maintenance free.
- Both are durable, however, neither are indestructible. Both are stain resistant and a simple spill only requires a speedy cleansing to prevent nearly any stain (if your granite is properly sealed).
- Both will discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Quartz is heavier and both require professional installation.
- The design in granite may not appear uniform but it is beautifully designed by nature.
- Granite must be sealed before use and repeated every year. This will ensure your countertops remain stain resistant. Without the sealant they can retain moisture and become stained.
- Granite countertops can last a lifetime and longer under normal use. Use caution to avoid dropping heavy or hard objects on them to prevent chipping.
- Both stones will show seams but the ones in quartz are easier to hide.
- Both are more expensive than their laminate or manufactured counterparts.
Two of the greatest benefits of installing one of these stones include 1.) the fact they both increase the value of your home. The cost of adding either one of these quality products will likely be redeemed when you resell your home. It may also increase the likelihood your home will sell in a timely fashion. 2.) In this day and age of sustainable choices, it is important to understand quartz countertops generally leave less of a carbon fingerprint. Many of these countertops contain recycled quartz and the process is more environmentally friendly. Visit (https://www.mineralseducationcoalition.org/minerals/quartz) to see a description of the quartz mining process or (https://www.mineralseducationcoalition.org/minerals/granite) for a description of the granite mining process.
All of your questions can be answered by the helpful staff at Elegant Granite and Marble. Call today with your questions.