If you’ve been doing your research on countertop materials, then you’ll know that two of the most highly sought-after stones are granite and quartz—and for good reason. These two materials are durable, beautiful, and versatile, and when it comes right down to it, they are extremely difficult to choose between.
We wrote this article to make the decision easier for those stuck between these quality stones.
Granite: The Details
Granite is sourced straight from the earth and cut into the slabs that you are familiar with. It is an igneous rock that includes no synthetic or artificial materials. It is composed mostly of quartz and feldspar, and its interesting patterns and colorations hinge on the presence of differing minerals in its composition.
Granite: The Pros and Cons
- Granite is durable and extremely tough.
- It is heat, stain, and scratch resistant.
- Granite provides a wide array of design and color choices.
- It works great for outdoor kitchens.
- With sealant, it does not absorb liquids.
- Seams are visible—they can be made subtle but not eliminated.
- It can be a hub for bacteria without sealant.
- Only professionals should install it, as it’s a weighty material.
- If something heavy is dropped, granite may be prone to cracking.
- It is hard to find a plain granite slab.
Quartz: The Details
Quartz countertops are made of engineered stone with a 90 percent quartz base and 10 percent polymers and resins added. These additives seal the pores of quartz and make it so you never have to seal it yourself.
Quartz: The Pros and Cons
- You can find a wide variety of colors and designs.
- It is able to mimic the aesthetic of natural stone but without the upkeep.
- You can easily mix similar patterns.
- It is a stain-resistant stone.
- It is flexible (thanks to the resins) and unlikely to crack.
- It should not be used outdoors because it will fade in direct sunlight.
- It does not have the natural uniqueness that natural stones are known for.
- It is not as heat resistant as natural stones.
- Prices can be high.
Granite vs. Quartz
At KC Cabinetry & Stone, we love both granite and quartz countertops. If you need help deciding which material best suits your lifestyle, you can always reach out to us.