What's the Difference in These Tops?

Granite and Quartz Countertops

As the Front Desk gal, I get the opportunity to interact with a lot of potential clients and active clients. It gives me the ability to understand their perspective and learn how I can help future clients make the best choices when it comes to their questions.

One of the questions I get asked often is, "What's the difference between Quartz, Granite and Marble?"

Since Quartz and Granite are our most popular choices, I am going to discuss the differences with you today. I'm breaking them down in categories:

1. Material

First and foremost, granite is a natural stone. Granite is mined from quarries and then cut into slabs that can be found at granite yards. With this in mind, you should remember that it's natural and there will probably not be consistency in pattern if there is more than one surface being matched up.

Quartz has natural elements but is engineered with different man made elements (such as polymer resins and pigmentation) for color. This is why some quartz counter tops appear to sparkle.

2. Color Options

Granite colors are going to be various earthy tones. This is of course because granite is a stone. Reds, greens, yellows and browns are the most common in granite. It's important to note that there are variations in color with granite. A slab you may see at a granite yard may differ in color when it's installed in your home. Granite can also be more "busy" then Quartz.

Quartz, being a man-made material offers a wider array of colors to choose from. For instance, Greyish and whitish tops are popular with our clients and those choices were Quartz. Some Quartz looks like Marble in appearance, other Quartz can be Granite looking. Quartz can have more sparkle and shine which is appealing to some and not to others. You can find solid colors in Quartz as opposed to Granite.

3. Durability

Granite is of course going to be more durable than say Formica or Corian. It is our more popular choice, however, it's porous and can stain. It does require annual sealing to protect the stone. Granite can also crack, scratch, and chip because it's not a strong as a man-made material with more density. With that in mind, it's rare that we've had clients come back with these problems so I would not worry about that too much.

Quartz is much more durable than Granite. Quartz is harder and stronger than granite, thus it's "hard" to break. Quartz isn't indestructible but it's pretty close. Despite contrary belief, it's not heat resistant, though! What's nice about Quartz is there's less maintenance involved. If the thought of having to seal your granite every year is troubling, it may be smart to consider Quartz.

4. Price

Generally speaking, Quartz is more expensive than Granite. It's a stronger material so that makes sense. In terms of a level 1 Quartz and a level 1 Granite, the Quartz is going to be more expensive.

Now, there are various levels of Granite and a higher level Granite can be more pricey than a level one Quartz pending on the chosen stone.

We educate visitors who come into our showroom that a level 1 Quartz is equivalent to a level 2-4 Granite.

Both have pros and cons. My personal preference is Quartz based off the durability and options for color. However, some people may prefer the all natural elements of granite and affordability factor.

What do you think?


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