Choosing the Right Countertop Material For Your Needs
Both granite and quartz are popular countertop materials that will add beauty and value to your home. For most people the main difference often comes down to aesthetics and choosing the right look for your decor.
Quartz is an engineered stone surface made from 97% natural materials bonded with polymer resins. Granite is a 100% natural stone that is extracted from quarries, cut into slabs, polished and cut into countertops.
If you’re after a more uniform look for your countertop, quartz is going to offer more consistent patterning and colors. On the other hand if unique, natural-looking variations with organic transitions of color and a variety of patterning are what appeals to you, granite is an ideal choice.
Cost of Quartz versus Granite
Their are many factors that determine the cost of a countertop, including the level of granite and manufacturer and pattern of quartz. In many cases granite can be a more cost-effective material.
Granite countertops are highly impervious to abrasions, staining and extreme heat. However, it is slightly porous and should be sealed to further prevent absorption and staining. Granite can withstand higher temperatures than quartz.
Quartz is more durable and harder than granite. The resins in quartz make them less porous and stain resistant. Quartz can be affected by extreme heat, so it’s important to never allow hot cookware come into direct contact with the surface.
Quartz is resistant to staining; however, it can stain and UV light exposure can discolor lighter hues and fade dark colors.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Quartz can be cleaned using mild dish soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleansers, and cleaning products containing bleach.
Granite may be cleaned with a mild two-part water one part phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish soap. Granite should always be cleaned and sealed with products specifically designed for natural stone.
To see and feel the difference between Quartz and Granite, stop by The All American Granite showroom. Our design consultants are happy to answer all your questions.