Countertop Options

Countertop Options

Granite vs Quartz

Quartz and granite are both excellent choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Granite has a more natural look but is often more expensive, while quartz is more budget-friendly but looks a little more artificial. Use our guide to the differences between quartz and granite to decide which material is the best option for your new counters.

Granite is more resistant to heat, while quartz is more resistant to staining. Granite is naturally occurring and is mined from the earth in large slabs. Quartz for countertops is available as engineered quartz or quartzite. Quartzite is natural, like granite. But engineered quartz is essentially crushed rocks and minerals set in resin, thus a resistibility to staining. 

Quartz

Pros:

  • Can be dyed to any color
  • Can have any pattern added
  • More consistent appearance that hides seams better
  • Cons:

  • Color may fade with long-term UV exposure
  • Even “natural-look” quartz looks more manufactured than real stone
  • Granite

    Pros:

  • Has a distinctive natural appearance
  • Each slab is unique
  • Lots of natural hues available
  • Cons:

  • Only natural colors available
  • Naturally occurring imperfections
  • Seams are more visible
  • Environmental Friendliness

    The Greener Choice: Quartz

    When looking at the sustainability of quartz, first consider its availability. Unlike granite or marble, which must be specially mined from specific locations, quartz is readily available throughout the world. In fact, it is the second most abundant mineral on the planet.

    Resale Value

    Which is More Likely to Pay for Itself: Granite

    Even if you have no immediate plans to sell your property, it’s still worth considering what value your new kitchen or bathroom counters will add to your home.

    QuartzGranite
    Newer to the home renovation scene, it has a weaker reputationVery sought out by buyers
    Expect to get close to the initial investmentCan add value equal to 100% of their original cost

    Quartz vs. Granite: Which is Best For Your Home?

    Granite and quartz both have many attractive qualities. They’re durable, long-lasting, and add value to your home. One key factor that should influence your decision is which room you’re remodeling. 

    For Bathroom Countertops

    In the bathroom, quartz wins. Its non-porous nature means that it’s impervious to water damage. Quartz also won’t stain or incur marks from toothpaste, shampoo and other bathroom essentials. Plus, it’s easy to clean and keep germ-free.

    For Kitchen Worktops

    In the kitchen, granite wins. For longevity and heat resistance. You can stand a hot pan on the counter and not worry about permanently damaging the finish. Yes, granite needs to be resealed periodically to remain moisture resistant, but its other qualities make it a top choice for the kitchen.

    For Remodeling On a Budget

    Granite is the most budget-friendly compared to quartz. The economical granite (Level 1 )cost starts at $45 per square foot and can go up to $100 whereas quartz costs $60-$120 per square foot.

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