Countertop Guides: Granite vs. Quartz:
Granite Countertops vs. Quartz Countertops:
Granite countertops remain a popular choice in many kitchens because of the durability and attractive look of this natural stone. Quartz countertops, often called engineered stone countertops, are also very popular for their durability and color options. However, these two stones are very different in their makeup.
Engineered vs. Natural Stone:
Granite and quartz differ mainly in the way they are sourced. Granite is a natural stone and is therefore cut out from pure stone, sawed into slabs, and polished for installation. Quartz is engineered stone made from crushed quartz which is held together with a resin binder. The actual quartz content of the slabs is between 90-95%. If having a natural stone as your countertop is important to you, then granite is the choice for you.
Looks of Granite vs. Quartz:
Granite usually has a much more subtle color and pattern. This natural stone is lighter in color and has less variations. Quartz is darker in color and has more color combinations and patterns to fit your kitchen. Both of these stones have a beauty to them and it is a preference of the homeowner which stone they prefer.
Durability of Granite vs. Quartz:
Both granite and quartz have been given a lifespan of about 25-50 years, depending on how well the stone is cared for when it is in the home. However, caring for quartz is a lot easier than caring for granite. This natural stone needs to be cleaned, dried, buffed and sealed regularly, whereas quartz is very easily cleaned with any kitchen cleaner. Without a proper seal the natural stone becomes absorbent and liquids absorbed into the stone will weaken the makeup of the countertops. Lastly, granite is more likely to chip or crack, since natural stone is softer than engineered stone, which gives quartz an advantage over granite for durability. Learn more about granite countertops here.
Cost and Environmental Impact of Granite vs. Quartz:
The cost difference between granite and quartz is very minor. Both stones start at around $80 per square foot installed. Quartz can be as much as $140 per sq. ft. installed whereas the higher end prices of granite can be up to $180 per sq. ft. installed. Natural stone is the more eco-friendly choice for your home. Manmade stone takes more energy to create, and you leave a greater carbon footprint with this method of production. However, the sourcing of neither one of these stones emits a significant amount of carbon or other volatile organic materials. Learn more about quartz countertops here.
Choosing Granite vs. Quartz:
Since granite and quartz vary little in price and in color, it is truly up to you to choose which one you prefer. The final decision usually comes down to whether the homeowner prefers the real thing and opts for natural stone, or whether the homeowner prefers the many benefits that engineered stone has to offer, and chooses quartz instead. The choice is yours.
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