Granite: Granite is 100% natural, which is truly amazing - considering how beautiful some of the slabs are. There will never be any two slabs that are identical so you can reassure yourself that no one else will have the same countertop as you - each piece of natural stone is an individual work of art. Granite is usually a little cheaper then quartz which is a good selling point; however, granite is more porous then quartz so you have to re-seal your granite on an annual basis to avoid scratches and dings. This doesn't necessarily have to take long, maybe fifteen minutes or so with products you can purchase right at your own home store. Also for a few dollars more a square foot you can have your fabricator put a fifteen year sealer on your granite to make it last a while! Granite is one of the most durable natural countertop materials available. With proper sealing, it will last forever, and it is still the most widely used countertop today. Granite can be cut to any size - so it is good for any size job! Group "A" countertops can be as much as $20 less a square foot then quartz - and just because something is a Group "A" it does not mean the quality is any less, but rather more readily available.
Quartz: Quartz is a mixture of man made ingenuity and natural stone. Quartz does not require sealing and is extremely resistant to scratches, dings, and heat. Quartz is also infused with bacteria fighting products from the factory such as microban from Silestone. If you are interested in a countertop design with a little less "randomness" then quartz would be more your style because it is man-made. The look of it can be controlled to preference. The main negative of quartz is that when you purchase it, you usually have to purchase it by the whole slab. So if you are doing a smaller project (like a small bathroom vanity) you are going to be paying for the whole slab, even if you only need a small section. The price of quartz is based on groups as well; however, some pieces of quartz are the same price across the board.
If you are really curious about seeing the difference between the two different types of stones come on down to our showroom! We have a ton of samples of quartz, as well as some samples of granite for you to look at! We will start you out with our group "A" products but if there is something you absolutely fall in love with that is a higher grade we will work with you on that too!
If you have more questions about the different types of countertops that are available to you stop on by the showroom and we would be more than happy to help you out!
Till next time,