Should You Buy Granite or Quartz Countertops?

July 19, 2016

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. You need to pick either granite or quartz countertops for your home renovations or for your new home, but which is better? Here’s a quick run down of pros and cons between granite versus quartz.

Should You Buy Granite or Quartz Countertops?

Why You Should Buy Granite Countertops

The best selling feature for granite is that it is direct from nature. This does cause the material to be imperfect and not uniform but that seems to add to its beauty. At the end of the day this can be considered a drawback or a benefit from person to person.

Another selling feature for granite is that it is extremely durable. This does not mean it’s indestructible; it can chip or break if the user is dead set on damaging it. Regular daily activities with proper maintenance can make it last more than a lifetime.

Bonus Tip: Granite is stain resistant if maintained with sealant.

Why You Should Not Buy Granite Countertops

Stain resistance is definitely a benefit of granite; however not many home owners enjoy the maintenance. It’s not a lot of maintenance but it is recommended to reseal granite annually in order to avoid stains as it is porous. Some homeowners do it every 3 years, but it is recommended to be done annually to be on the safe side.

Granite stones are not light. They are heavy and require professional installation- as in don’t ask your local handyman to install it to save some money. It may end up costing you more in the long haul.

Granite seams will be visible. You can place them strategically to make them less visible, but they are impossible to hide.

Granite samples won’t be 100% the same as what you actually receive. This is because they are naturally occurring slabs and color variances and occlusions might give your slab a slightly different appearance.

Why You Should Buy Quartz Countertops

Quartz stone is just as strong as granite. However, being a man made material, it is easier to work with during the installation process.

The best part about quartz (in my opinion) is it does not ever need sealing since it is non porous. No Maintenance needed whatsoever, it’s a one time done deal.

Quartz is stain resistant even without sealants so you can go ahead and spill all the wine you want and then wipe it up without consequences

Like granite, quartz is also very durable but is not to be mistaken as indestructible. Gross negligence or direct intent can cause damange.

Why You Should Not Buy Quartz Countertops

Quartz will slightly discolor over time from direct sunlight so if there are areas where the sun frequents and areas where it doesn’t you will notice with time a difference.

Just like granite, quartz needs to be professionally installed and it is heavier than granite.

Although quartz seams are not nearly as visible as with  granite, they are still visible. A good option is to opt for darker colors, because seams are less visible in darker colors. Also, solid colored quartz makes it easier to hide seams to a certain extent too.

So what’s the verdict? Go based on which is more aesthetically pleasing to your eyes. We’ve broken it down for you so you can make a logical decision but what it comes down to is people love both equally and the best way to narrow it down after other considerations is what appeases you.