Quartz vs Granite: Main Differences and Recommendations
Since you are going to live with the slab color you end up choosing, we recommend choosing the color of slab that you love. Because, quartz requires minimum maintenance, withstand more abuse and can be stunningly beautiful, it has become a number one choice form most homeowners and commercial countertops.
“Which one is better?” we often get this question regarding quartz countertops and granite. It is not an easy question to answer. We frequently ask our customers what color style they prefer and adore. Choosing a kitchen countertop slab color is crucial because our clients will interact with it on a daily basis. You must choose a color that you genuinely like. In terms of functionality and durability, there is minimal disparity between granite and quartz. Both materials are resistant to scratches, heat, and stains (once granite is properly sealed). Let’s delve into the main differences:
Granite: Granite countertops are typically characterized by their natural “busyness.” They possess more grain, movement, and veining, which are all unique attributes created by nature. In fact, natural stones like granite, quartzite, and marble are one-of-a-kind creations by nature, showcasing unmatched beauty.
Quartz: Quartz countertops have gained immense popularity in recent times due to their stunning designs, veining patterns, color consistency, durability, and low maintenance. Quartz is an engineered product that is highly dense, making it virtually nonporous, nonabsorbent, harder than granite, and less prone to scratches and chips.
Now, let’s summarize the main differences:
|No sealing required.
|Requires sealing approximately every 5 years.
|Easy to clean with water
|Easy to clean onced it is sealed.
|Resistant to stains, moisture, and bacteria.
|Porous, can stain if not sealed
|Stronger than granite; less prone to breaking and chipping.
|Strong but contains soft minerals that are prone to breaking or chipping.
|Scratch and heat
|Scratch resistant, but can be damaged by heat.
|Scratch resistant; does not burn.
|Nonporous, which prevents the absorption of food and moisture.
|Sealed granite offers protection against bacteria.
Since the slab color you choose will become a part of your everyday life, we highly recommend selecting a color that you truly love. Due to its low maintenance requirements, ability to withstand abuse, and stunning appearance, quartz has become the number one choice for most homeowners and commercial countertops.