Granite vs Quartz: Which is better?
Are you’re looking to install new countertops in your home and are split between granite and quartz? You’ve asked yourself: “Is granite better? Is quartz?” These questions are part of a surprisingly intense debate between kitchen design aficionados, and unfortunately, this debate has made the process of picking a countertop a confusing and frustrating process for many homeowners. To rectify this and make picking a countertop considerably more straightforward, we here at Envyland Kitchen want to bravely throw our hats into the ring by staking out our own position on the matter.
First, let’s talk about a major concern of any homeowner: price. Quartz typically costs between $1,500 to $5,500. However, the cost is also dependent on the quality of the quartz and its edging style. The size of your quartz order can also affect the price.
Meanwhile, granite normally costs between $2,000 to $4,000. Like quartz, the price is also dependent on the size of your countertop.
In terms of appearance, there is a multitude of options for the look of quartz. This is due in part to how these countertops are made: ground granite is combined with polymers, colours, and resins in a complex manufacturing process that results in quartz. The introduction of pigments during this manufacturing process can also change the colour of the (eventual) countertop, making quartz countertops highly customizable.
Similarly, the options for granite are nearly limitless. Granite can be a very understated stone countertop, or it can be an extremely bold countertop that immediately draws one’s attention. Simply put, you should eventually be able to find a granite countertop that suits the style and ambiance of your kitchen.
Durability is another factor to consider. Quartz is extremely durable; in fact, it is actually more durable than granite. However, quartz’s Achilles’ heel is its susceptibility to damage from heat; be careful not to place anything too hot on its surface!
Conversely, granite, while not as durable as quartz in general, is not susceptible to damage from heat. However, granite can be stained in a manner unlike quartz, whose lack of porousness prevents stains from developing.
Finally, maintenance is the last factor to consider. In this respect, a quartz countertop is fairly low-maintenance: all you have to do is wipe up spills with soap or some other mild cleaner. That’s really the full extent of quartz’s maintenance needs.
On the other hand, granite requires slightly more upkeep. Indeed, granite not only requires that spills are wiped up but also needs resealing annually to maintain peak condition.
With all of these points considered, our verdict in the quartz vs. granite debate is that each has its pros and cons and that it really is a matter of what works best for you. For example, are you most concerned about maintenance? Maybe a quartz countertop will be a better fit. While this may seem like a cop-out, you really can’t go wrong with either! For more information on countertops, check out our website at https://envylandkitchen.com/.