Most folks have already formed a preference for granite countertops or quartz countertops, perhaps formed from prior experience or simply from what they have heard about the two materials. When it comes to kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities both granite and quartz are wildly popular and both come in a wide array of finishes and colors.
But what really is the difference between granite and quartz? Granite is 100% natural and is a hard rock that is quarried, then polished and cut to fit. Quartz on the other hand is 95% ground quartz, that is then mixed with 5% polymer resins.
When considering which is the right choice for your new home or renovation project, there are several things to keep in mind.
Granite is a porous material, and although sturdy, can be damaged with hard blows and also can stain. Oils and chemicals should be used with caution on your granite countertop. A granite countertop should be regularly cleaned with soap and water, and resealed yearly or so.
Quartz is very hard, and because it has a solid surface, it will never need to be resealed. The one thing that can damage a quartz countertop is heat, so caution should be taken to protect quartz countertops from hot cooking pans.
Granite, because it is quarried, is a little harder on the environment. For example, fine Italian granite will need to be transported across the Atlantic before being installed in your home. Quartz takes its own environmental toll because it is manufactured. However, choosing either quartz or granite that is made or quarried close to home can be a way to lessen the environmental impact.
Price point for both has quite a range. Typically granite has a lower entry price, but a very fine quality granite can cost more than quartz. Either material will last for years with proper care, and both granite and quartz are excellent materials to consider when designing your dream kitchen.
Bottom line, both granite and quartz are beautiful and both come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Take a look at the large selection of granite and quartz Top Notch Kitchen & Bath offers, then come by our showroom to learn more!