quartz and granite countertop differences

When you look at a photo of a new or remodeled kitchen or bathroom, certain features stand out — stainless steel kitchen appliances, an open and light-filled design, and hard-surface countertops. Typically when homeowners are making design decisions in their kitchens and baths, two types of countertops stand out the most among the options, granite and quartz countertops. Below are a few features of these two types of countertops to help you decide if one of them will be right for your home.

GRANITE

Granite is 100% natural and is available in a countless array of colors, patterns and textures, with each slab being a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Granite is ideal for countertops, tub surrounds and other heavily used surfaces. It is one of the hardest dimensional stone types and is scratch resistant and heat resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. Granite can be easy to maintain with mild cleaners and can be easily sealed by the consumer annually for prolonged protection.

ProsCons

  • Natural Stone that is varied in color and texture
  • Available in wider slabs
  • Small chips can be repaired at home
  • Holds its color in direct sunlight and heat
  • Adds to resale value & Less Expensive

  • Samples do not represent actual colors
  • Needs to be resealed periodically
  • More brittle
  • Seams will show
  • Somewhat porous

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QUARTZ

Quartz is an engineered product generally made up of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. Engineered stones are consistent from slab to slab and very durable and is generally recommended for kitchens, bathrooms and other heavily used surfaces. Most engineered stones are stain-resistant but are not heat proof, chemical proof or fracture proof.

ProsCons

  • Non-porous
  • Uniform in color and texture
  • More flexible
  • Seams will be less obvious
  • Sealing and resealing is not necessary
  • More stain resistant
  • More durable
  • Adds to resale value

  • More expensive
  • Heavier
  • Slabs are not as wide
  • Must be repaired professionally
  • Fades in sunlight
  • Not for outdoor use

So What Is Best For You?

We generally learn towards choosing Quartz but in the end it really comes down to personal preference. If you need a little more help into the pros, cons, and design choices between the two, feel free to give us a call or schedule a time to stop by and visit our showroom located in Chattanooga.