The Great Kitchen Debate – Quartz vs Granite

One of the most hotly debated elements of kitchen redesign is whether to use granite or quartz for countertops. Both materials add value and class to the kitchen, and each will be enjoyed for decades.

Granite is a natural occurring stone. It is mined using heavy equipment and cut down into usable slabs. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are man-made and were invented in the 1960s. It uses the mineral quartz, which is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet. The mineral is crushed and mixed with a color resin.

Appearance

Granite is formed in nature, and every slab of it is one of a kind. For homeowners who like randomness of nature in color and pattern, granite is a stunning choice. It has limited colors, but can easily be matched to kitchens using white, black, red, blue, pink, and green.

Quartz, on the other hand, can be matched to nearly any color palette, and the item ordered will match the sample selected.

Maintenance

Quartz is a non-porous material, protecting it from stains and bacteria. It never needs sealing, and is quite easy to clean. Quartz can be damaged by high temperatures, and will fade if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. If your kitchen has direct sunlight landing on your countertop, you might want to consider an alternative.

Granite, on the other hand, is a porous rock. It needs to be sealed at least once a year to protect it from staining. However, direct sunlight won’t cause most shades of granite to dull or fade, and it can generally handle hot pots better than quartz.

Durability

Both countertops are quite durable. However, quartz is more flexible than granite, which makes it less likely to chip or crack.

Quartz countertops can be damaged by sharp knives, while the granite countertops will stand up to knives (you still should use a cutting board to protect your knives) and other sharp objects.

Price

Both quartz and granite countertops start out at about $80 a square foot, including installation. However, high-end granite will be about $40 a square foot more expensive than high-end quartz.

Both quartz and granite will make wonderful countertops for your kitchens. For most, it is a personal choice, as to whether they want the naturally found granite or the man-made quartz countertop. With the right care, both these types of countertops should last 25-50 years.

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