4 Factors to Help You Decide Between Granite and Quartz Countertops
Countertops are typically one of the biggest purchases in your kitchen remodel. While there are many options you can consider, quartz and granite countertops are popular choices for modern redesigns. While these are similar materials, there are several key differences to help you make your decision.
- Visual Look
If you are basing your material decision on looks alone, you should decide whether you want a more unified look for your countertops, or a more natural organic look. Granite is naturally mined and tends to have non-uniform and random patterns in its design. On the other hand, quartz countertops generally have a much more homogeneous patterning.
Both quartz and granite are highly durable. Because quartz is manmade, however, (combining natural stone with resin) it does tend to have some extra strength and is especially resistant to stains. Granite can still easily withstand normal daily activities and in general only risks damage in the quarrying, transportation, or installation process. It does require a bit more maintenance though. As a porous natural rock, it has to be properly coated with sealant. It is advisable to reseal granite countertops approximately every three years
Furthermore, since granite is slightly softer than quartz, it can be more flexible during the installation process. It is also worth noting that due to the organic design of granite, it is much more difficult to hide seams between different worktop sections. Quartz, especially in dark shades, can conceal seams much better.
In general, quartz countertops tend to be less expensive than granite. While their middle range options start out at about equal price (around $60 per square foot), granite worktops can increase quite quickly depending on their quality, size, and origin.
With these differences in mind, you can consult with your kitchen contractor about whether you wish to install quartz or granite countertops. Overall the preference for one material over the other often boils down to personal design preferences. Try a few samples of each and pick one that fits your budget.