Countertops: Granite vs quartz

Countertops can make or break your most important home spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms can be completely transformed feeling clean and fresh, or give you that cool vibe that youre looking for with the addition of some new countertops. One of the most common questions we get it is, “What’s the difference between granite and quartz? 

 

Are granite countertops for you? 
 

Granite counters are 100% natural granite, so we like to think of it as a slice off a rock. Granite is porous so they should be resealed every few years, cleaned often so they don’t stain or create a space for bacteria to form, and they can chip easier since they are naturally formed. If resealing doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in, but you still like the look of a granite, you can ask about a 10 year seal. The con to this, is after 10 years it still needs to be resealed, and it tends to be much more expensive. That being said, granite countertops are very heat resistant. You can place a scolding hot pan directly on the countertop without a pot holder (though we dont recommend this). 

$$ – Granite countertops are more expensive than laminate/formica, but tend to be less expensive than quartz (unless you opt for the few extra years of sealing). 

 

Are quartz countertops for you? 

Quartz has become one of the most popular countertop choices with its durability and its plentiful design, color, and pattern variant choices. 

Quartz counters are made of almost all crushed quartz and about 5 to 8% resin. We think of quartz counters like crushed rocks glued together. The resin (a really hard adhesive) makes quartz non-porous so it’s extremely durable, resistant to scratches, stains, bacteria, and it doesn’t need to be resealed. However, since it is man made it can have some resistance to heat. We’ve heard some horror stories of quartz counters cracking right in half from a toaster ovens heat, or warm freshly washed dishes creating rings on countertops. We can say this isn’t a common occurrence (actually its pretty rare), but quartz can be damaged by sudden changes in temperature. Pot holders recommended! 

$$$ – Quartz countertops tend to be more expensive than granite, but less expensive than marble. 

 

 

Our final thoughts:

If you have an active lifestyle, a large family, or don’t want to worry about the constant cleaning or resealing…. Quartz is the most durable option, and may be the way to go! If you’re worried about heat-damage, you may want to consider granite.