What Should I Choose? Quartz vs. Granite Kitchen Countertop

There are benefits to both! Here’s how to decide what’s right for your kitchen.

When remodeling your kitchen, changing up your countertops can be a necessity. The material and colors you choose can set the scene for your entire kitchen! If you’re thinking about a kitchen renovation, one of the first choices you should make is what material you’ll be using in your countertops. Granite and quartz are the most likely candidates. So what exactly is the difference and which ones should you choose?

What Is Granite?

Granite is a naturally occurring stone that’s mined in large slabs. A granite countertop is made from one piece of granite that was removed from a quarry. Natural granite is sanded and polished to a beautiful, sleek finish and then cut to size before it’s delivered and installed in your home. Because it’s naturally occurring, there’s a limited selection of colors and patterns to choose from. In fact, some people choose to handpick the piece of granite they’ll use in their kitchen from the available options since each pattern is unique.

What Is Quartz?

Quartz is man-made using quartz rocks. Instead of being mined in one piece, a quartz countertop contains natural stones that have been ground up and combined together with resin. Like granite, quartz is quite sturdy and holds up to everyday use in your kitchen. There’s more uniformity in most quartz countertops, often resembling a texture rather than a marbling pattern. You’ll also have more options as to the color since quartz is man-made.

Benefits of Granite

A Natural, Unique Pattern

Each slab of granite has its own unique marbled pattern. These patterns feel at home on a kitchen countertop. Many homeowners like that their countertop pattern was created naturally and can’t be found anywhere else.

Resists Sun Damage

Granite is UV-resistant, meaning that a granite countertop won’t fade when exposed to the sun. This makes granite an ideal material for outdoor kitchen countertops. You’ll also want to consider using granite if you have large, bright windows in your kitchen.

Durability

Granite is a hard stone that will work perfectly for all your kitchen needs. With proper maintenance, you shouldn’t ever have to worry about damaging your granite countertops.

Budget-Friendly Options

The final price of a granite countertop varies, but you can find natural granite that fits your budget. Depending on the availability, color, and current discounts, going with granite can be less expensive than choosing quartz.

Drawbacks of Granite

Can Crack Without Sealing

Granite is a naturally occurring stone that requires some maintenance to stay as durable and beautiful as possible. Apart from regularly cleaning your countertops, you’ll need them to be sealed at the time of installation. Sealing is required because of the pores that occur in this stone. Not sealing your granite could make it susceptible to cracks.

Can Become Stained

Because of the natural pores that occur in granite, you’ll want to make sure spills are cleaned up in a timely manner to prevent stains. You should also be certain that cleaning products you use on your countertops are safe to use on granite.

Benefits of Quartz

More Color Options

Being man-made has its perks too. Quartz countertops are available in just about any color since you don’t have to rely on what’s available naturally. You can also choose from a variety of textures and patterns, even some that mimic the natural marbling of granite!

Elegant & Modern Design

Quartz countertops are a rising kitchen trend. This material can add a new level of sophistication and class to your kitchen. With so many options to choose from, you can go for a natural-looking marbled texture, solid colors, or just a little bit of sparkle. Your choice of quartz countertop is sure to elevate your kitchen’s design, no matter what your style!

Durability & Low Maintenance

Quartz is durable enough to handle the day-to-day activities of your kitchen. It’s on par with granite in terms of durability, with less maintenance.

Drawbacks of Quartz

Not Heat-Resistant

You should use heat pads whenever you need to set hot pans on your quartz countertops. Excessive heat can be damaging to the quartz.

Possible Color Fading From Sun

Quartz countertops may become faded in areas that are exposed to UV light. This is something you should keep in mind if you have a prominent kitchen window or an east-facing window that will catch the bright morning sun.

See The Difference Yourself!

Straight Line Construction is happy to inform our clients about all the options available to them so they can make the right choice for their homes. If you’re interested in renovating your kitchen or changing up your countertops, visit us at our Gainesville showroom. We can show you some samples and talk you through all your options. Contact us today to get started!