Granite vs. Quartz: Which is best for you?
Two of the most popular kitchen countertop materials right now are granite and quartz. If you are planning a home renovation, you might be having a difficult time choosing between the two options. Both are durable and have similar stone appearances. Here’s the pros and cons of each.
Granite is less expensive and often comes in large slabs. On average, granite is about $35-55 a square foot - much less than its quartz counterparts. It also comes in slabs greater than 70 inches wide, which is great if you’re thinking about adding a large island or simply want less seams. If you’re planning on renovating a big kitchen, granite may be the best way to go.
Unlike quartz, granite is a natural stone. Each slab is one-of-a-kind and has unique characteristics that can’t be replicated. If you’re someone who loves a unique, custom kitchen, granite might be the material for you.
On the downside, granite is much more susceptible to being damaged than quartz. Since it’s a natural stone, it’s porous and susceptible to water stains. You need special soap to clean it so you don’t cause damage to the stone. Over time the sealant wears away and needs to be resealed every 3-5 years to ensure that it stays as resistant to water and other liquids as much as possible. Similarly, granite is more likely to break than its factory-created quartz counterparts Breakage is most likely to occur during the installation phase, and can set a renovation back weeks.
Since quartz naturally has different patterns and each piece is different, some people find it too busy for their taste. The variation can also make it difficult to match two pieces if you need more than one slab for your kitchen.
One main advantage quartz has over granite is that it’s so low maintenance. It’s non-porous so it’s able to handle different kind of spills without staining, and doesn’t need a specific cleaner. It’s also a stronger, more durable material that is very resistant to breakage.
Since quartz is engineered, it comes in clean, consistent styles and colors. It’s very popular in modern or contemporary homes, but also works well in traditional spaces. The versatility makes it a very popular and desired material.
The biggest downside to quartz is that it can be much more expensive to purchase than granite. It’s rare to find quartz for under $50 a square foot, compared to $35 a square foot for granite. This price discrepancy could even out over time since quartz requires less maintenance than granite.
Some people find that the engineered, consistent look of quartz is too cookie-cutter. It doesn’t have the same one-of-a-kind, unique appearance as granite. If you’re someone who want’s a totally custom kitchen counter, then quartz might not be for you.
No matter which material you choose, if you’re planning a kitchen renovation we would love to help. Give us a call so we can plan your dream space!