Granite and quartz countertops are always at the top of the list for remodeling projects. The two are sleek, elegant, and long-lasting options, but they have some distinct differences. In terms of material, design, and upkeep, here’s how they compare:
Granite is a type of natural stone that is carved from quarries, sliced into slabs, and polished. It has a lot of depth to the design look. It has a more earthy consistency with distinct natural cracks, swirls, and crystalline formations.
Granite is available in a number of hues, is water and scorch resistant, highly durable, and can be cleaned simply with a mild soap solution. It’s also worth noting that granite should be sealed at the time of installation and once a year after.
Granite is generally a more expensive alternative than other countertop surfaces. It’s also susceptible to stains from oils and dark liquids, such as wine or juice, if left on the surface for any length of time. Because each slab is one-of-a-kind and varied, it cannot be patched to resemble the original surface.
Quartz is a man-made material that combines quartz with resin and other manufactured materials to increase its durability and function. It’s harder than granite, non-porous, which prevents germs from growing on cooking surfaces, and it’s very simple to maintain.
Quartz countertops are scratch, scorch, and mildew resistant. The quartz pattern can give a seamless appearance depending on the type of quartz used. Quartz does not require sealing in contrast to granite, which is why it does not need to be sealed.
Quartz is one of the more costly countertops. Although the surface is extremely long-lasting, placing hot cookware or dishes on quartz counters may still result in harm. Finally, seams are still visible, although they can be less obvious.
When it comes to selecting a countertop material, we always recommend that our consumers see the surface in person first. Our experienced team at GTFM can help you figure out the best design and installation options for your home. Contact us today and get a free consultation!