Every piece of your new house is special, but one of the rooms that will get the most attention is the kitchen. It’s a social hub and, for many good reasons, often called the heart of the home. As one of the stars of your main floor, it’s also a space that earns careful consideration when it comes to features. What types of appliances do I want? What about cabinets? Is this the backsplash for me? And of course, the counters. These days, a very regular decision facing the homeowner is the “quartz versus granite”? This decision isn’t always easy as both surface materials though similar, are quite different.
Granite is pulled from the earth, polished and sealed. On the other hand, quartz is chopped, poured and laid. Quartz counters contain roughly 93 percent crushed quartz material pressed with roughly 7% resin.
If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. For most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Roughly two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces, often for durability and easy cleaning. In truth, both materials are fantastic for kitchen use and offer numerous benefits. The eventual choice may be largely subjective or design-led, but in this post, we’d like to help make that decision a little easier for you.
If you’re considering granite or quartz for your countertops, you’ll no doubt have accepted the fact that they are rarely a ‘budget’ option. Due to their durability and high quality, they should always be viewed as an investment which will last you for years to come.
In the battle of cost, neither material trumps the other. They’re robust, long-lasting and breathtaking once in place and therefore have a price tag to match.
One of the main reasons both granite and quartz worktops are so desirable is the fact they are made from natural materials. In the battle of granite vs quartz, however, there is a marginal winner.
Granite is 100% natural and sliced directly from quarries. It is simply cut to size and honed down until smooth and ready for installation. Quartz, on the other hand, is 93% natural due to the requirement of colour pigments and polymer resins.
Stone may sound like it should be maintenance-free, but that isn’t the case. Both quartz and granite need to be maintained in order to look their best and last as long as possible. In this battle, granite requires more maintenance than quartz.
Quartz, for example, does not need to be sealed to prevent absorbency. Granite, on the other hand, must be sealed during installation and then again on a regular basis.
Quartz is engineered stone which has its flaws engineered out during manufacture. With the inclusion of resins, quartz countertops are far less likely to stain and rarely suffer from cracks.
Granite, as we now know, is 100% natural, and is therefore subject to imperfections. There is of course beauty in imperfection, but it is worth noting that granite does stain as a result. Red wine is a common culprit.
So now let’s break this down even more. Here’s a quick way to learn all about their pros and cons.
and all it takes is soap and water to remove most spills and stains. It doesn’t require sealing either.
Quartz does react poorly with certain chemicals, so always make sure to check your countertop manufacturer’s cleaning and maintenance guide before you use a particular product.
As we note at the top of this post, the choice of granite or quartz for your countertop will largely be down to personal preference, but we hope the above battle will have helped you lean towards one in particular. Whichever you chose, both granite and quartz are fantastic materials which will continue to impress you for years to come
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