quartz vs granite

Quartz vs granite: which one is best for your countertops? That depends.

They each have their advantages in different situations. But we’ll help you figure it out.

We’ve listed the five main differences between them below. Read them and compare for yourself.

1. Composition

The big difference between granite and quartz is composition. Granite is cut into single slabs of pure granite stone for countertops. There are no added materials or fillers, just pure granite.

Quartz, however, is crushed and reconstituted for countertops using pigment for color and binding. They are still typically around 92-94% quartz but do contain filler.

What this difference means for durability and appearance is listed below. But if you want your countertops 100% stone, choose granite.

2. Appearance

It follows, then, that granite tends to have a more natural stone look. That is, it comes to you exactly as it appeared in nature. It bears the same black, white, blue, green, rose or brown hues as the boulder it was cut from.

On the other hand, quartz is pigmented, so it comes in any color you like. This is a huge advantage if the natural colors of granite don’t compliment the rest of your interior design plans. Quartz allows you more options when designing your kitchen’s color scheme.

Also, colored quartz countertops can still look natural. After all, natural quartz exists in every color of the rainbow.

The appearance of granite v. quartz will probably have the biggest impact on your decision. Browse some pictures of both to see what works best.

3. Durability

In terms of durability, quartz has a definite advantage over granite. Natural stone like granite is more likely to chip or crack than engineered stone like quartz. The fillers in engineered stone help hold it together more strongly.

Granite must be sealed with protective resin upon installation and resealed regularly. Quartz doesn’t require such maintenance.

Natural stone also stains more easily. Sealed granite is a little more resistant to stains, but still not as much as quartz.

That said, both quartz and granite countertops tend to have the same lifespan. Both last around 25-50 years. But quartz is much easier to maintain.

4. Cost

Quartz also tends to be cheaper than granite.

They both start at around $80 per square foot. But higher-quality granite costs around $175 while quartz maxes out around $140.

On average, quartz countertops cost $2,500 to install. The average cost to install granite countertops is $3,100. Plus, having to reseal your granite means it costs more to maintain.

5. Greener Vs Cleaner

Granite is the more environmentally-friendly choice. Production of granite releases fewer carbon emissions than the production of engineered stone.

But quartz countertops are cleaner because they are non-porous. Natural stone countertops, like granite, contain tiny pores. These pores can form homes for bacteria and viruses that can’t be removed.

Quartz Vs Granite: Which Will You Choose?

Now that you know the main differences between quartz vs granite, compare for yourself. Do the natural hues of granite look better in your interior design schemes? Or do you need the variability of quartz?

Are you willing to invest more money and more maintenance if you choose granite? This list and these questions should make it easy to choose which is best for you.

Now that you’ve picked your countertops, let’s pick out your flooring! Read our guide on How to Choose Between Hardwood, Laminate and Tile Flooring.

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