A lot of people are asking the question, we’re here to answer!
Granite is a common and widely occurring igneous rock characterized by its pinkish-gray complexion and its medium- to coarse-grained texture. Because of this, granite countertops are more porous than quartz and more susceptible to staining and bacteria growth. Granite countertops are also very expensive and laborious to install; and, once installed, granite countertops become a permanent household structure. Future removal may damage adjourning structures, a very costly endeavor.
- More attractive than quartz
- Adds homeowner value
- Porous; susceptible to staining and bacteria growth
- Expensive to install, more expensive to remove!
Quartz is more common than granite—it’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust. It’s also one of the hardest, bested only by diamond, sapphire and topaz in scratch-resistance. Quartz is less porous than granite—food and liquids do not stick to its surface; a great convenience when you consider how messy countertops can become. Quartz countertops are engineered, meaning they are easier and less expensive to install. However, the joints of an engineered countertop are easily visible and may detract from the overall aesthetics of the room it is installed in.
- Won’t scratch! Only diamond, sapphire and topaz are harder
- Affordable to install
- Less attractive; joints are visible
- Uniform color; not as natural in appearance
When compared, quartz is far superior to granite. It is easier to install, easier to maintain, and less expensive. Granite countertops add more value but they are brittle, porous, and expensive to install and remove.
The centerpiece of any home is the kitchen. In choosing which type of countertop is right for your home, many variables must be considered. Both granite and quartz are worthy choices; it’s all dependent on what you value as a homeowner and what works within your lifestyle and budget!