What is the difference between Quartz and Granite Countertops?

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As of late, perhaps the most common question our customers ask our staff regarding a new counter top purchase is..."What is difference between granite and quartz counter tops".  Whether the customer is building a new home or simply remodeling their existing kitchen or bathroom, the decision to go with Granite or Quartz is very common question.

As you peruse the internet reading reviews of both Granite and Quartz, you will find contradicting opinions and articles from both ends of the spectrum.  One review may rave about Granite being the best counter top option hands down, while another review will explain why going with Quartz is the best decision.  Regardless of what material you choose, you will be extremely pleased with your choice!

The following information will give you a basic understanding of the main differences as well as of Quartz and Granite counter tops for your home.  

One Basic Difference: 

Granite Counter tops are a natural stone and Quartz Counter tops are manufactured.

Granite is formed deep beneath the Earth's surface from boiling molten rock called magma.  The magma builds up pressure from the intense heat and rises through the Earth's crust via cracks and crevasses.  As the magma cools down, it is formed into Granite.  The Granite is then mined and cut into slabs for installation into your home.

Quartz counter tops are manufactured using a mixture of stone chips, resins, and pigments.  The mixture is then heated to form the final product for use in your home.  Quartz counter tops can also be referred to as "engineered counter tops" and "man-made counter tops."

Looks/Appearance:

Granite is a naturally occurring stone, therefore, no two slabs of granite will be the same.  Choosing Granite for your home offers endless options of colors, patterns, and variations for your home.  Granite counter tops offer a homeowner a natural and unique look that is original to your home only.  

Quartz counter tops tend to be more consistent in the colors, patterns, and variations.  However, many Quartz manufacturers are expanding their selections to offer colors and patterns that mimic natural stone.

Durability:

Granite is one of the hardest materials on Earth and is extremely durable.  With normal everyday use, your Granite counter top will last a lifetime and beyond.

Quartz is every bit as hard as Granite, making it extremely durable as well.  As with Granite, with normal everyday use, Quartz will last a very long time.

Both are highly durable, however, not entirely indestructable.  If subjected to abnormal abuse, both Granite and Quartz counter tops can stain, chip, and scratch if not treated with care.  

Maintenance:

Cleaning Granite and Quartz Countertops - We recommend using mild soap, warm water, and a soft cotton cloth to clean both surfaces.

Cost:

The cost for Granite and Quartz varies on both depending on the product.  There are Granite slabs that cost less than Quartz slabs and there are Quartz slabs that are more expensive than Granite slabs.  Once again, it just depends on what material and color you choose.

Summary:

So which is better?  It is all personal preference!  One customer appreciates the natural veining and beauty found in many of our Granite slabs, while another customer prefers the consistency of some Quartz materials.  One customer may want to stay within a budget and he/she will choose whatever counter top material best fits within their parameters.  Both Granite and Quartz will transform your kitchen or bathroom and increase the value of your home.  Choosing to upgrade your counter tops could also be the difference in the eyes of a potential buyer:)  

Here at US Marble & Granite in Springfield, IL when our sales staff is asked this question, they respond by saying "Get what you like best!"

We welcome you to come out to our facility at 3216 Brickler Rd Springfield, IL and view our massive selection of both Granite and Quartz:)  Call us at 217-241-2700

Feel free to email us with any questions as well.

 

-Staff at USMG