Picking the right material for your counters can be a daunting task. There are countless options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Like every home improvement project, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget. But with so many options to wade through, it can be challenging to know where to start.
Two of the most popular choices are granite and quartz. They’re both beautiful, durable, and add a level of luxury to kitchens and bathrooms. If you watch any number of HGTV shows, you’re probably aware that people are usually fans of one or the other.
I'm noticing that more homeowners are choosing quartz over granite these days, and I wanted to share some of their reasons. I certainly wouldn't to tell anyone what they should or should not choose for their own home, but as you've probably guessed from the title of this post, I'm a big fan of quartz. As I see it, there are a lot of quartz countertop pros and not a lot of cons.
Let’s jump in and take a closer look at how these two materials compare.
Quartz versus granite: What’s the difference?
Before we begin, it’s essential to know the basics of both of these countertop materials. Granite is a natural stone that is mined, milled, and polished to create slabs and tiles. Granite can vary in colors and patterns. There are no two granite countertops that are identical, because nature doesn’t repeat itself.
Quartz, on the other hand, is not entirely natural. It is ninety-five percent ground natural stone combined with five percent polymer resins. Essentially, it’s ninety-five percent natural stone versus one-hundred percent, so it’s an engineered stone instead of a natural one.
So, how could an engineered stone be superior to a natural one? Let’s get into ten advantages quartz has over granite.
Ten quartz advantages
Here are some advantages that quartz has over granite:
1. It’s more uniform
Unlike granite, quartz can be manufactured to have a uniform appearance. If you want your countertops to have an even and consistent appearance, this is a clear advantage for quartz.
2. Repairs are easier
Because of the uniformity, repairs are much easier. While it’s incredibly unlikely for a quartz counter to chip, if it does, replacing a broken piece is simple. With a granite countertop, you could have a tough time matching colors or patterns to make repairs.
3. There’s a wide range of colors
On the topic of colors, you can find quartz counters in virtually any color you’d like. So no matter what your roof and house color combinations are, you’ll be able to find a quartz countertop to match your aesthetic.
4. It’s friendlier to the environment
Since granite is mined out of the ground and usually transported long distances, it’s pretty rough on the environment. Quartz, on the other hand, can be created from local and recycled minerals so it can be more environmentally friendly than granite.
5. It requires less maintenance
Granite has to be resealed annually. It’s also vital to clean granite counters with a mild cleanser every day to avoid staining and to promote longevity. Quartz, on the other hand, doesn’t have to be sealed and doesn’t require any special care.
6. It's more durable
While both materials are durable, quartz is harder than granite, and it’s nearly indestructible.
7. It’s antibacterial
Because quartz isn’t porous, it resists bacteria. Granite, on the other hand, is porous and must be resealed and regularly cleaned to avoid bacteria build-up. Quartz’s non-porous nature makes it an ideal countertop choice for both the kitchen and the bathroom.
8. It can mimic any material
As I mentioned, quartz comes in a wide variety of colors. It can mimic the look of other stones, too. So, if you love the look of granite or marble, but prefer the quartz advantages, you can get both with quartz. You can even make your quartz counters look like white solid surface countertops, except unlike Corian, quartz has a depth and complexity to its appearance that solid surface can’t mimic.
9. It’s priced similarly
Despite all the advantages listed here, quartz is priced similarly to granite. So, you’ll pay about the same for both materials even though quartz is more durable, lower maintenance, and easier to repair.
10. Quartz tends to have a longer warranty
Because of its durability, companies typically offer an outstanding warranty on their quartz countertops. The chances of you having to use it are incredibly low, but you’ll have it if you need it. In fact, many quartz counters come with lifetime warranties. Granite counters don’t generally boast the same type of warranties because damages are more common.
Choosing the right countertop for you
These are ten reasons quartz counters can be superior to granite counters. Of course, granite has its own set of benefits, too. Ultimately, the countertop material that’s right for you will come down to a variety of factors. Budget, aesthetics, maintenance, and installation are all factors to consider. Plus, countertop location is also a component to consider.
You aren’t just limited to quartz and granite, either. There’s marble, laminate, solid surface, glass, concrete, and more. The countertop material you choose for your home is a personal decision and one that you should think about carefully.
While it can be overwhelming trying to sift through countertop material choices, start with a couple, like granite and quartz. Then pick which one of the two is superior in your book. Play a comparison game until you’re left with a clear winner.
When it comes to granite and quartz counters, we think they’re both great. We believe that as long as you’re happy with the final result, you’ve made a great choice. Remember, remodeling should be exciting. It’s all about renovating your house to get exactly what you want.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.