One of the first questions you will need to answer before renovating your kitchen is the material you want to use for your countertops. With that in mind, you may be wondering, “What is the difference between quartz and granite countertops?”
THE KEY SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN QUARTZ AND GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
The first difference between granite and quartz is more about what they’re made of and where they come from. Granite is a hard stone that is mined all around the world, and for the most part, although you can get it in different colors and particulate sizes, it’s going to look like granite. Quartz, on the other hand, features mostly ground natural materials along with a small percentage of polymer resins. Because it is a manufactured product, the appearance of quartz countertops is more customizable than that of granite countertops and can be made to look like granite, quartz, marble, concrete, etc…
The cost of granite and quartz countertops is fairly comparable. Like virtually anything else, it depends on the quality, design, and brand. Both are easy to clean and maintain and are resistant to bacteria. Use soap and water to clean them, while avoiding overly acidic products, as they will dull the luster OVER TIME. Do not use bleach on either one. A BIG difference between quartz and granite countertops is that granite countertops will need to be resealed over time.
Another difference is how they respond to heat and scratches. Granite can be scratched, but quartz is much harder and more durable. Quartz countertops, however, are so rigid and dense that they could crack if you place a steaming hot pot on them when they are cold. Granite is also slightly porous, so liquids and foods could stain granite countertops.
SEE COUNTERTOP OPTIONS IN PERSON
Deciding between quartz and granite is only the first step. You will also have to choose the color, pattern, edging, and more. But don’t feel overwhelmed. Schedule an appointment to visit our cabinet and countertop selection center in Burton, Michigan, and we’ll help you narrow down your options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!