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Major Differences Between Granite and Quartz Countertops

You are remodeling the kitchen or bathroom and there are so many choices for countertops. What is better – granite or quartz? This is common question. There is truly no one “best” material for your countertops. The task is to choose the one that best meets your needs. Here are a few of the major differences between granite and quartz countertops.

What is Granite?

If you want to go all-natural in your kitchen and with your countertops, then granite will be your material of choice. It’s 100% natural and is mined directly in large slabs from the earth.

What is Quartz?

While still gorgeous and a great material to use for countertops, Quartz is an engineered, or man-made, stone. While it is still semi-natural, it’s not as natural as granite.

Pros and Cons of Granite for Countertops

There are quite a few pros and cons of granite to research when looking for the proper material.

Pros:

  • The material is mined from the earth, which means it’s all natural.
  • Granite is one of a kind, meaning that no two countertops (and patterns) will be the same.
  • Granite is highly durable and stain-resistant.

Cons:

  • Granite is one of a kind, but that also means it doesn’t offer any type of color consistency. This often means that even the sample you choose won’t look the same once it’s installed in your home.
  • Granite countertops have to be sealed when you put them in and resealed every year after that. Since it’s a porous material, it has nooks and crannies where things can get stuck. Having the countertops sealed yearly, however, takes care of that problem, and it’s easy for any homeowner to do in the normal course of caring for your home.

Pros and Cons of Quartz for Countertops

Pros:

  • Quartz is said to be one of the strongest materials in the world. It is much stronger than granite, and more flexible. This makes it easier to work with when being installed.
  • Quartz countertops are stain resistant, so spills can be easily wiped up without worrying about stains.

Cons:

  • The one major con of quartz countertops is if they are exposed to direct sunlight, they will start to discolor over time.
  • Seams tend to show more easily on quartz countertops. However, you can get around this by choosing a pattern instead of a solid color for your countertops, so the seams aren’t as easily seen.

Choosing the right countertops for your home remodeling project is a big decision; you’ll have them for years to come, so it’s important that you install countertops that fit your specific needs. Understanding some of the pros and cons of both materials may help make your kitchen or bathroom remodeling decision easier. We offer professional advice to answer the most complicated questions about kitchen and bath design, including countertops. We can show you designs and choices to meet your budget. For more information on your countertop options, call, contact, or visit e. d.’s paint & decorating today.

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