Choosing Between Granite & Quartz Countertops

Whether you’re updating an existing room, or planning for a top to bottom makeover — new countertops are often the pièce de résistance of your renovation project.  However, with a hefty price tag, it’s important to choose your countertops wisely, ensuring your family enjoys them for years to come. Not sure where to start? Let us break down between granite and quartz countertops. 

The Basics of Quartz and Granite

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried directly from the earth in large blocks. These blocks are then sliced into slabs and polished on one side.

Quartz, on the other hand, is an engineered stone, meaning a manufacturing plant uses various grades and sizes of quartz crystals and mixes them with resin and pigment. Quartz is still considered a natural stone, however it’s not quite as natural as granite. 

Durability & Maintenance

Quartz is significantly stronger than granite countertops. Although, granite isn’t as strong as quartz countertops, doesn’t mean it’s not strong enough for your needs.

The truth is, both materials require maintenance, however Quartz countertops have recently become the favorite in terms of all around durability. Many find that quartz countertops are easier to clean and maintain throughout the years. They don’t require resealing, and are extremely stain resistant. Use them, love them, and don’t worry about them.

Which Stone Looks Better?

If you’re more into looks than durability, you might find yourself initially drawn to the unique beauty of granite countertops. Every granite countertop is one of a kind, and there’s certainly an excitement that comes with finding that perfect slab with wonderfully perfect imperfections. However, let’s not forget that quartz countertops can be found in a vast array of styles; often perfectly mimicking that natural granite look we know and love.

Quartz countertops are not necessarily better than granite, and granite countertops are not better than quartz, either. It all comes down to your personal taste and the needs of your family. Luckily, our experts are always available to help guide you in the right direction, from the selection process, all the way through installation. You can even purchase your sink, faucet and disposal with us! Visit our Granite & Quartz Custom Countertops page to get started.