The Difference Between Granite and Quartz Countertops
When designing kitchen space, the countertops are a major component. Countertops can either make or break your kitchen, which is why it is important to understand the differences certain materials have to offer so you can make an educated decision when it comes to that aspect. For starters, granite countertops are in high demand for their aesthetics and durability, while quartz may have similar looks but differences in performance. In this blog post, we will be diving into the differences between granite and quartz countertops. Keep reading to learn more!
Stone vs Man-Made
Granite counters are mined from pure stone in the Earth. That stone is then sawed into slabs or made into tiles, which is then polished for installation in the home. Quartz countertops are man-made and manufactured from crushed quartz that is mixed with pigment for coloration and resin. If you’re someone who is looking for an authentic stone countertop, granite is your only choice then.
Granite has many colors and patterns that it can come in due to the way that it is formed in the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. Granite can have subtle aspects to it, or it can be used to make a statement within the home. There is almost a limitless selection to choose from, and since it is natural stone, no two slabs are the same — another unique component. Quartz, on the other hand, has more customization that can be done to it. Quartz has the look of natural stone, but it allows the homeowner to personalize and choose the design. Of course, you can purchase it from a seller just the way it is, or you can choose the color and pattern in order for it to match your design.
For the year 2019, according to Home Advisor, granite countertops typically can range from $2,000-$4,500 depending on the amount and the quality of the granite. Most of the time, purchasing the material from a wholesaler and doing some of the preliminary work yourself can help save some money. But, you should leave the installation and fabrication of the countertops to a professional. When it comes to quartz, it mainly depends on the quality and the style of the edging it features. According to Home Advisor, it says that the average cost to install quartz countertops is between $1,500 and $5,500. Once again, doing some of the preliminary work will help save you money, but because quartz is usually heavier than other stone surfaces, make sure that you have a professional on hand to make sure that the space is structurally sound.
While some people say that you should clean your granite counters every day, we know that’s probably not realistic. However, you should frequently clean the counters with soap and water or a mild household cleaner. Be aware that some oils and acids can stain your counter, so make sure you do your research, or that you’re buying a product that is labeled safe to use on granite. It’s also a great idea to have your countertops resealed at least once every other year. For quartz, like granite, it’s important to clean the counters frequently with soap and water or household cleaner. However, that’s about all the maintenance you have to do. Since its a solid surface, you won’t have any need to have the countertops resealed. So if you know you don’t want to have any maintenance other than basic cleaning, quartz is your best option.
Granite is a very durable material that is resistant to heat and many other elements that your kitchen may give off. However, since it is such a porous material, it can be susceptible to staining if certain things are spilled and not cleaned up properly. For example, if you have white granite countertops and you get something with a tomato base in it, it could potentially stain the material. Granite tends to also be a bit more fragile than quartz, so it’s prone to breaking more than the other. Since quartz is more durable, it may be a good option if your counter space is going to see a lot of action. If you’ve got a busy household with kids, you won’t have to worry about staining and spills as much with quartz either. Quartz also tends to be more of a healthy choice. Since it is pore-free, your countertops tend to be bacteria-free. However, if you’re cooking with hot pans and plates, make sure that you are putting down something to protect the surface of your counter.
If you’re looking for either granite or quartz countertops, reach out to us for a free estimate today. MKD is a third-generation wholesale distributor of both kitchen and bath counters.