This is a very popular question now and worth spending a couple
minutes on. When deciding between the two there are many things to
consider like budget, maintenance, color selections and durability to
name a few.
The first and maybe the biggest difference in granite vs quartz is
that granite is a 100% natural stone that is mined from the earth in
large blocks, cut into slabs and polished. While quartz countertops are a
mixture of 93% crushed quartz and 7% resin mixed together to form a
variety of colors and patterns.
When it comes to price, it’s hard to say that one is more expensive
then the other in every situation but generally speaking Quartz is more
expensive. There are variables that can have a major impact such as the
price point of granite you select, the square footage of your countertop
space, the edging you select and so on. Your best bet is to learn the
benefits & drawbacks of each and then speak with a professional.
- Because it is a manufactured product, quartz is much more consistent
in color & patterns. It is also non-porous which means it requires
virtually no maintenance.
- Quartz is very durable and also stain resistant. Spilled wine is no problem with just a quick cleanup.
- Installation of quartz is slightly easier then granite because it
has more flexibility. But hiring a pro for this is still the only way to
- The seems on this material are generally easier to match up then
granite because of the products consistency but will likely still be
- One drawback of quartz is it can fade over time from direct
sunlight. Something to consider if part of your countertop gets
considerably more light then another.
- Since this is a natural stone there are bound to be unique
characteristics to every slab. Veining, color patterns, swirls, etc…will
never be consistent from slab to slab. Some will find this as a benefit
while others may view this as a drawback.
- Granite is porous but sealing them after installation and on a
regular schedule after that will help prevent staining. Depending on
use, some kitchens would benefit from yearly sealing while others could
be safe every 3 years.
- This stone is extremely durable but not indestructible. With proper care this countertop will stand the test of time.
- Like quartz these countertops are very heavy and will require professional installation.
- It is nearly impossible to hide the seems on granite because of the natural variations in slabs.
- When selecting granite you really need to hit the showroom and
select the slab you want. Looking at sample pieces may or may not be an
accurate reflection of the slab you end up with.