The question of "Quartz vs Granite: which one is better?" has been asked a lot during several kitchen projects that I am designing. In today's blog post, I will be sharing the pros and cons of both materials from the cost to durability. Stick around to the end for my final thoughts and recommendations.
Quartz VS Granite: Which one is better?
Which one is natural?
Granite is 100% natural. Granite counters are sliced from a quarry overseas, cut to size, and honed down until smooth.
Quartz is a combination of natural quartz aggregates mixed with color pigments and resin. The resin binds the particles together.
How much does it cost?
The cost ranges based on the slab and petroleum prices as it is sourced overseas and shipped on a container.
Granite: Prices start at $60 per square foot and up
Quartz: Prices range from $67-$95 per square foot installed
How is the maintenance?
Granite needs to be sealed upon installation and then again on a regular basis (about once a year). Granite is a porous material. If sealed properly, it will be more resilient against staining.
Quartz is a non-porous material and does not to be sealed initially or on an annual basis. Since it is non-porous it also has antibacterial properties as well. This stone offers a virtually no maintenance routine for countertops.
Which one is more durable?
Granite is a natural stone which has flaws and imperfections that you could either love or hate. Granite is subject to stains if not properly sealed. Granite is extremely durable but not indestructible. As it is a natural stone, there is a chance that it could chip or break if subject to heavy abuse. However, with the proper maintenance, these stones could last a lifetime.
Quartz is engineered stone and has the the flaws engineered out. Therefore, you will not find invisible striations waiting to crack open as in Granite material. Quartz is just as strong as Granite. Quartz is stain resistant as it is non-porous so if you spill a glass of red wine, it just requires a quick clean up.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
If you are renovating your kitchen for the long-term and willing to spend the investment, Quartz would be my recommendation for rigorous kitchen activity, low-maintenance, and durability. The color of the sample is what you receive as it is engineered stone. Also, it is eco-friendly in the sense that the waste is used to create other material rather than quarrying new material.
Although, that doesn't mean that I dislike granite. Both stones are lovely! With all great things it must be taken care of. If are willing to seal the counters once a year, then granite is a beautiful alternative.
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