Granite, marble, quartz and more; there are numerous countertops available for your home. People often become overwhelmed and discouraged with all of the options. We want to let you know that it’s normal, and it’s okay.
Granite and quartz are often compared, and several people overlook the differences of the two. So, let’s clear the air. Here’s a list of the pros and cons of granite and quartz to hopefully help you decipher which countertop will fit best in your home.
Sustainable. Granite is a natural stone and a “renewable” resource. It is not manufactured, thus does not contain any harmful chemicals. Because of this, some like to refer to granite as an eco-friendly option for countertops.
Heat resistant. A key to searching for kitchen countertops is to look for a stone that is heat resistant. Countertops are almost always connected to a stove top, meaning that hot food or plates will be placed atop them often. Granite is one of the most heat resistant countertops on the market. You can place a hot pan directly on your surface, likely without any harm like melting or blistering. (Despite this, we always recommend using a hot pad, pot holder or trivet just to be safe.)
Scratch resistant. Granite is highly durable and there are low chances of it scratching. You can use sharp knives to cut vegetables directly on top of the surface. But be aware of two things: this will dull your knives and possibly leave a metal residue that is a pain to remove. Also note that granite is not highly destructible and does have a slim chance of scratching, depending on the type of minerals it’s made of. (Again, we recommend extra protection, such as cutting boards, for the longest lasting countertops.)
Stain resistant. Granite is a porous stone, which puts it in danger of potential staining. However, when installed and sealed properly, granite should not absorb any unwanted bacteria or experience discoloring. Thus, we think it’s safe to say it is a good option if you’re looking for a stain resistant countertop.
Resistant to chemicals. Don’t worry about placing acidic drinks and foods onto your granite countertop, at least not for extended periods of time. Granite can withstand strong bacteria and will not absorb unwanted odors. Most cleaners won’t damage your granite countertops. However, do be careful of repeated use, as some chemicals can eat away at your granite sealer over time, causing the need for re-sealing before the recommended timeframe.
Low maintenance. Granite countertops are considered to be very low maintenance because they hardly require any upkeep at all! Daily wipe downs with granite cleaner or warm soapy water will do. The likelihood of chipping, scratching, or other damages occurring is very slim.
Color options. Because of its natural state, granite is limited to the colors and patterns that mother nature produces. It contains mostly neutral and earthy tones such as brown, tan, green, etc. But, at the same time, granite showcases unique patterns of swirling design and mesmorizing speckles that other stones cannot produce.
Prone to cracking. Although very durable, granite can crack or chip if it is hit just right. Typically, it is more prone to cracking on the corner overhang when a heavy object is dropped. If this occurs, you can contact a granite specialist to repair the damages.
Color options. Because quartz is a manufactured product, it is available in a wide range of colors that you can’t find in granite countertops. There are hundreds of design options available in every hue, from neutral whites and greys to bolder colors like reds and blues. The overall appearance can also appear richer than some natural stone. Epitome, Organic white, Ocean Foam, are some of the best options but you can find more by checking our inventory list.
Durable/crack resistant. Quartz is more durable than granite because it’s made from one of the strongest natural minerals on earth. Because it is a man-made, engineered stone it is a little more forgiving in this department. Therefore, it won’t chip or crack easily.
Stain resistant. Quartz is a non-porous stone that is incapable of absorbing liquids. Thus, you never have to worry about coffee or wine stains! We do suggest wiping them up within the day though to get the longest life from your countertops.
Low maintenance. Following our previous statements of quartz being a non-porous stone, you will never really need to worry about the state of your countertop! Simple cleaning with stone cleaner or warm soapy water will do. After wiping it down, you will feel confident that the quartz is 100% clean and no unwanted bacteria remains. How luxurious!
Versatility. Quartz is a great option for any room in the house! Whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, or bar, quartz countertops are a top choice. It isn’t always easy finding a versatile countertop that can (almost) do it all!
Scratch resistant. Don’t worry – quartz is one of the most durable countertops on the market. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness, quartz is rated 7 out of 10 (10 being the hardest/most scratch resistant). In contrast, marble is rated between 3 and 5. With that being said, quartz isn’t completely indestructible, but it sure is strong!
Susceptible to heat. Heat is a definite threat to quartz. Exposing a hot pan on top of the countertop could result in discoloration and other damages. Look out for spotting and cloudiness, as those are signs of harm due to heat! Just as with granite, to protect your quartz countertops we always suggest the use of hot pads and trivets. Quartz is a great option when you are looking to update your home and improve your kitchen design.
Indoor use only. In continuation with the argument that quartz does not respond well to heat, it also does not do well with direct contact from the sun. The UV rays will fade the pigment and leave your countertops with an unwanted yellow hue. Be careful – it’s possible that it can still fade indoors if installed nearby a window with prolonged sun exposure beaming through.
All in all, both granite and quartz countertops are wonderful choices when installing into a kitchen. They have more pros than cons – so choosing between the two comes down to your preference. Our biggest tip? Consider your lifestyle and style. Are you constantly cooking and placing hot pans on the countertop? Do you have a busy family with young kids? Do you want the most unique look in your kitchen? Do you want to not have to think twice about damaging your kitchen countertops?
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