Natural stone countertops are beautiful and popular choices for those renovating their home as well as in new construction. Granite and quartz countertops are the most popular, and it’s important to understand the differences between each type when choosing which is right for your home.
Likewise, there are many myths and misconceptions about granite and quartz, and we want to be sure you have accurate information to base your decision on. Both materials are fantastic choices, and you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of each so you can make your decision with confidence.
Granite is a very popular choice for countertops, and those who choose granite love it’s natural beauty, elegant appeal, and unique patterns. Granite is available in a number of colors to suit any decor. These are the most common myths we hear about granite from our customers:
While granite countertops may cost more upfront than less expensive options such as laminate and tile, it does provide tremendous value for homeowners. Granite is incredibly durable and long-lasting, and it’s popularity has resulted in more choices and lower costs due to increased inventory. Granite costs about as much as other natural stones, though it is available at different price points. In most cases, granite countertops can increase the resale value of your home, making it a wise investment.
It is important that your granite countertops are sealed, but this is a simple process and something you can maintain yourself or have done professionally. Granite can be cleaned with a granite cleaner or soap and water on a regular basis, and should be sealed every 12-18 months.
While granite is incredibly hard and durable, it can be damaged. Granite is resistant to heat, stains, and scratches, but improper care can cause imperfections and damage. The sealer may develop a cloudy appearance if a hot pan is placed directly on the countertop, abrasive chemicals or scouring pads can scratch the surface, and cracks or chips are not uncommon. Granite can be stained, but most stains can be removed with proper care and regular cleaning.
Here’s the truth: Marble, not granite, loses shine with regular use. Granite, after extended use, may start to dull, but the surface can easily be restored with a polish to make it look brand new again.
Quartz countertops are loved by homeowners due to their inherent durability, appearance, and various options and styles.
Quartz and quartzite may look similar, but they are in fact different. Quartzite is natural stone that develops when sandstone and extreme heat and pressure transform the sedimentary rock into a hard metamorphic rock. Quartz is an engineered stone made of stone, resin, and quartzite materials. Both quartz and quartzite are very durable and are similar in appearance.
While quartz is engineered, it is true that most quartz looks uniform (and many are drawn to quartz due to this quality). However, it is possible to engineer quartz with unlimited colors and designs, creating limitless options.
Imagine a countertop material that could not be damaged! While quartz comes close, it is not indestructible and can suffer the same damage as other types of stone countertops. Chips, cracks, discolorations, and staining are all possible, but quartz is incredibly strong and resistant to damage.
Quartz slabs are commonly made with polished finishes that result in a shiny, glossy finish, but recent trends have resulted in new finishes that are textured or matte in appearance.
Both granite and quartz make fantastic countertops, and both materials are strong, durable, beautiful, and practical. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each material, as well as how to care for the countertops after it is installed in your home. Ultimately, your decision should reflect your budget and personal taste – you simply can’t go wrong with either granite or quartz!