When it comes to redoing your countertops, the biggest question you will face is whether to go with granite or quartz. Both materials are extremely popular and have their own benefits, and both can give you a high-quality, beautiful look without sacrificing the practicality so important in a kitchen.
Which is best for you will largely come down to matter of taste, but there are some important differences between the two materials, and understanding them can help you make a decision that you’ll feel good about every time you walk into your kitchen.
Both granite and quartz are materials made from stone, but granite is 100% natural. Granite is mined in quarries and cut into slabs of different shapes and sizes. Because granite is natural, it has all the variations of nature. Just like the grain of a tree, no two pieces will be exactly the same. For this reason, when you choose granite you are assured of purchasing a one-of-a-kind countertop that is completely natural.
Quartz countertops are actually manufactured using ground natural quartz mixed in with a small percentage of polymer resins and a pigment for coloring. Because quartz is manufactured rather than mined, there is greater control over the appearance—it can be made to look however you want it to look. This can be appealing if you are interested in having pieces that are more uniform in appearance rather than pieces that naturally vary in shade and other characteristics.
Durability & Maintenance
Both granite and quartz are hard materials, but they are not indestructible. Of the two, quartz is more resistant to chipping and staining, and also requires less maintenance. Both granite and quartz countertops should be washed regularly with simple soap and water, or a very mild household cleanser. But because granite is 100% natural rather than engineered, it does require sealing at installation and resealing once a year.
Price & Longevity
While this will vary with the quality of the material you choose, between the two one is generally not significantly more expensive or economical than the other. Both granite and quartz countertops also have a similar lifespan, and can last up to 50 years depending on how well they are maintained and how heavily they are used.
Granite and quartz are both sound choices when it comes to redoing your countertops, and each has its own characteristics and benefits. Consulting with a trusted professional who specializes in both can help you find the one that works best for your space and your needs!