Granite vs Quartz Countertops - Top Pros and Cons
Granite and quartz are still the most popular materials for both kitchen and bathroom countertops. That comes for a few different reasons; firstly, they are very long-lasting and durable. They will handle high temperatures and they have beautiful colour range. Choosing one or the other can be a very challenging task. We will make it a bit easier on you and present you the pros and cons of both, so you can decide for yourself which one is better.
1. Quartz is an engineered stone, while granite is natural
Quartz is made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins, while granite is a completely natural stone. During the manufacturing process, the pigments are added to quartz to change its colour and add patterns. Granite can only have the colour from the rock it has been quarried from. Therefore, granite’s colour range can be a bit less versatile then quartz’s.
Quartz patterns are a bit more uninformed because they are man-made. Granite’s patterns are always unpredictable and unique. Both can be an advantage and a disadvantage, it just depends on your taste.
3. Resistance to scratches
Both materials are ranking highly on the scale of the hardest materials; they will not get scratched even if you cut directly on them. On the contrary, that can dull your knives, so we advise using a cutting board anyways.
4. Resistance to staining
Quartz is a non-porous material whose resistance to staining has been very well known. On the other hand, granite is a porous material that can get stained from certain liquids. Although granite’s resistance to staining is not that bad, it is not as good as quartz’s. With quartz, you will never have to worry about spills leaving a stain.
5. Resistance to high temperatures
Both materials can handle standard kitchen temperatures, but there is still a difference. Sudden temperature changes with high amplitudes can damage the quartz countertops. That is not the case with granite, as it can handle even putting a hot pan directly on it.
When it comes to cleaning and maintaining of both materials, they perform similarly. Granite countertops will have to be sealed regularly. Quartz countertops don’t need sealing at all, because resins act as a sealant. The cleaning is easy with both; just make the soapsuds and wipe your countertops with a soft cloth or use professional cleaning products for stone surfaces.
Durability and sturdiness of both are unmatched. They are one of the toughest materials you can get for your countertops; they will not break even if you drop a heavy object on them. For that reason, they will last you for decades and will make a very smart investment.
Both materials have their pros and cons and it is up to you to vague your priorities. The budget can be another aspect to consider, as quartz slabs are generally more affordable.
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