Are Granite or Quartz Countertops Better For You?
When deciding on which countertops are right for your home, it can sometimes be confusing. Two countertops, in particular, are often debated, and we address these questions on a daily basis in our showrooms. Today, we’re bringing you the exclusive Marble.com insight on the differences between granite countertops and quartz countertops. Both have their place in the home, but the ultimate question is, which one is right for you?
What You Need to Know About Granite Countertops
One of the many reasons granite countertops are universally accepted for kitchen countertops is because of their superior durability. This natural stone is able to withstand the wear and tear of high traffic kitchens, bathrooms, bars, and any other area of the home. With the proper maintenance granite counters are sure to last a many years have you’ve installed them. While there are many different materials to choose from, including quartz countertops, here at Marble.com, granite is our number one choice for all countertop applications.
So what are some advantages of granite? Well, since the Earth naturally produces granite, every slab is a unique piece of art. Each slab has its own defining characteristics, such as specifics colors, swirls, veins, and patterns.
Finding the right granite that fits perfectly with your kitchen, bathroom or any other project will give your room a look that’s sure to impress with style and strength. With a seemingly endless spectrum of colors available, you’re sure to find the right match for your interior design, whether it’s an Art Deco design, traditional, or modern.
Granite’s large color selection and superior durability have made it the most popular countertop option for top interior designers and homeowners alike. Its functional nature, requires only minimal maintenance and some light colored granites can even help conceal small messes like crumbs, allowing your kitchen to look clean even during the busiest of times.
Be sure to consider the flow of your home’s design when purchasing a granite slab for your countertop. Since some granite options have very intricate veining and fine details, you want to make sure to choose sections of the slab that properly align. Our staff at Marble.com ensures that your countertops fit together flawlessly, with no seams. Some countertops will be too large to fabricate without seams but have no worries because we will position it in the best areas for appearance and practicality.
Because of its strong qualities, granite is a secure investment that significantly increases the equity of your home. It can even be installed in outdoor kitchens. Granite is sure to stand the test of time but to guarantee they remain as beautiful as when they were first installed– we recommend cleaning your countertops regularly and sealing them twice per year.
What You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops
Okay, so we’ve covered a lot of information about why granite countertops are your home’s best friend, but what about quartz? Quartz is a much different material than granite. It can be used for a variety of home projects ranging from kitchen islands to bathroom countertops, but here are some important features of quartz that you should be aware of.
Quartz countertops are highly stain and scratch resistant and will stand up to household spills from acidic substances, such as tomato sauce vinegar and lemon juice. Since it is non-porous, quartz does not need to be sealed and is resistant to bacteria, germs, mold and mildew, whereas natural stones such as granite or marble, do need to be sealed every six months. Cleanups are a breeze with quartz.
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral that is a major element in engineered stones. Engineered stones such are made up of 93% crushed quartz and 7% pigments and resins. This creates the durable composition for countertops. Since the stone is engineered, it is easier to match segments for seams because of it fully consistent pattern. If you prefer a natural look, quartz won’t give you the unique appearance of natural stones. It is better suited for modern interior designers that require a countertop that is very consistent in color.
Quartz should be avoided in areas that are exposed to UV rays for an extended amount time. This is most noticeable when one portion of the countertop has more exposure to UV rays than other portions over the course of several years causing it to fade.
Overall, Quartz is a decent option for your home if you deem that the benefits of it outweigh granite. In Marble.com's opinion, we love both! The artistic beauty of granite is tough to deny, however. If you're still up in the air, look at Marble.com's comparison tool to help see the differences.
Marble.com For Your Granite or Quartz Countertops Needs
At Marble.com, we have over 2,000 different colors to choose from. Marble.com carries one of the largest selections of quartz countertops in the country. Our granite countertops are acquired from the top quarries from around the world. With our enormous selection, you’re sure to find the right countertop option for your next home improvement project.