If you’re contemplating a kitchen remodel, one decision you’ll likely face is what type of countertop you’ll want. Countertops are a visual focal point, so it’s important that you love the way they look, but you’ll also want them to be strong and durable enough to endure the “elements” – the people, meals, and prep—they’ll be “under”. So when faced with the question, “Natural Stone (Granite) or Quartz?”, we hope this quick comparison helps you in your decision-making process.
What is granite?
Granite is the most popular natural stone countertop material. Its natural beauty entices many homeowners, and each slab has its own unique look. Not only is it visually appealing, but it’s much more durable than man-made countertops like Formica or wood veneer. Granite countertops are hard and highly resistant to scratches and heat. And, with the proper sealant, these countertops are stain resistant. If it is not sealed properly, though, it can stain.
What is quartz?
Quartz is one on the most durable and stain resistant countertop materials on the market. It has a smooth texture and finish, which doesn’t let liquids absorb into the material, keeping bacteria from forming on the surface. No sealing is needed for quartz countertops, because its surface is already durable and stain resistant. Unlike granite, though, it is not heat resistant.
To help you choose which is right for your new kitchen, here’s a look at each material’s durability, maintenance and price.
Granite is durable and resistant to most elements found in the kitchen, including heat. But, granite is a porous material, so spilling something on it can cause staining if not cleaned up quickly. Sealing can help combat staining, though. Chipping and breaking can also occur if the countertops sustain a high-impact blow.
Quartz is harder than granite and one of the most durable marketable materials for countertops. It isn’t porous like granite, so keeping it free of bacteria and stains is easy. Quartz is not heat resistant, though, so the smooth finish can be damaged by a hot pan if a heating pad isn’t used.
Granite countertops should be cleaned regularly with soap or a mild household cleaner and water. Some oils and acids found in cleaners can stain granite, though, so it is safest to use regular soap. And due to its porous nature, it is recommended that you have granite countertops resealed once a year to insure they last a long time.
Quartz countertops should be cleaned with soap and water or a household cleaner regularly, but regular cleaners won’t stain the surface. And, the solid surface of quartz countertops means there’s no need to have them resealed after installation.
Granite slabs generally cost between $5 and $20 per square foot, and quartz can cost between $50 and $100 depending on the quality, according to HomeAdvisor.com. Use our Countertop Estimator to choose your favorite material and compare prices based on the amount you need for your kitchen.
So, which one is better?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. If you’re looking for a more eye-catching design that is still durable, then granite would be the right fit for you. But, if you’re worried about cleanliness and stains, then quartz is the better option.
Whichever material you choose, Inspiration Design Center can help you create the best kitchen for you and your family. Schedule your consultation with us online today or stop by our showroom, and let us handle all your kitchen remodeling needs.