You are evaluating quartz and granite countertops because you are ready to upgrade to high quality counters. Yet, you are unsure of what the differences are between the two, let alone which one you should choose for you kitchen remodeling project. Before discussing which one is better, let’s first discuss the differences between the two materials and then look at the pros and cons of each one.
Quartz is a natural stone, which is engineered, manufactured, and formed into the large slabs. The manufacturing processes require taking different sizes and gradesof quartz crystals and mixing them together with other materials, most often resins. This results in some percentage of quartz to other materials, such as 95% quarts and 5% resin materials. Countertops are created by cutting them from the slaps of manufactured quartz and polishing them. Quartz countertops can be made into different colours by using coloured resins during the mixing and manufacturing processes.
Granite is also natural stone, like quartz. The key difference is countertops made from granite are 100% granite. Large blocks of granite are removed from the earth and then cut into slabs. Countertops are cut from the slabs. Normally one side of the slabs are polished at the quarry before they are shipped to countertop fabricators, like Empire Stone. Countertops are cut from each granite slab based upon the shapes and dimensions required and then the edges are polished.
Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between granite and quartz countertops, we will review the pros and cons of each one.
Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops
- Quartz is very strong material and are easier to work with during the fabrication process.
- Quartz is very durable and lasts a long time.
- Quartz does not require sealing and is non-porous, which means it will not stain.
- Coloured quartz countertops are uniform in color. It is easy to match samples to the actual finished countertop.
- Over time, discolouration can occur from prolonged, direct exposure to sunlight.
- Seams can be somewhat noticeable but are easy to make less visible by choosing a quartz countertop with a pattern rather than a solid colour.
Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops
- Granite is 100% natural.
- Granite is very durable and a strong natural stone.
- Granite offers people the opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind countertop since each stone slab is unique.
- The uniqueness of granite can be a drawback for some people since there is no consistency with colour.
- Granite countertops have to be sealed because granite is porous and will stain if it is not sealed.
- Granite has to be resealed every few years.
- Just like quartz, seams can be somewhat noticeable.
So, which one is better? Ultimately it comes down to what is best to meet your needs. You should ask yourself such questions, like:
- Where is the countertop being installed? If it is outdoors, then choose granite.
- What design, pattern, or colour do you want in your new quartz or granite countertop? If you like the way one looks over the other, then choose the one you like.
For additional information about quartz and granite countertops, and professional assistance in choosing which one is best for you, contact Empire Stone today. Call or text: 403-466-6919 (mobile). We are one of the largest suppliers of granite and quartz countertops in Calgary and throughout Western Canada. We even offer customized kitchen renovation and remodeling services.