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Choosing Countertops: Which is Better…Granite or Quartz?

There are plenty of countertop options out there, which makes it hard to figure out which one is best for you.  Let’s take a look at a few of the pros and cons of two popular options, granite and quartz.

Granite is a 100 percent natural stone that is mined from quarries into smaller sizes with a polished smooth finish.  

Quartz is an “engineered” stone manufactured in a factory that is a mixture of natural quartz and polymer resins.  

Pros of Granite Countertops

Resilient – Since granite is a very hard stone, it is not susceptible to scratches.  It also resists heat well. So, if you need to set down a piping hot pan or a curling iron, it can take the heat without damage.

One of a kindBecause granite is not manufactured you’re going to get whatever Mother Nature created.  The pattern, color variations and flow you get with natural stone are beautiful. 

Cons of Granite Countertops

Requires maintenance – Because granite is a natural stone, it absorbs liquids like wine, juice or oil.  In many cases these liquids will produce a stain that’s nearly impossible to remove. To prevent this from happening, it’s necessary to seal granite periodically.  

Pros of Quartz Countertops

Antimicrobial – Since the resins make the them nonporous odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew are inhibited.

Requires zero maintenance  – The polymer resins help make the counters stain and scratch resistant.  Plus they never need to be sealed due to the resins.

Broad array of consistent colors – If you can dream it, you can have it.  

Cons of Quartz Countertops

Not for outdoor use – Direct sunlight day after day will cause the colors to fade or the countertop to warp or crack over time.

Can’t take extreme heat – They are heat and scorch resistant, up to a point. Be sure to verify how much heat the manufacturer says the countertop can handle.  To be safe, always use a trivet or a hot pad.

Cookie cutter-ish – Lacks the patterns and color variations you get with natural stone.

Still not sure which one is best for you?  Consult with an interior designer.

Monica D. Higgins

Monica previously helped people find new homes as a licensed real estate agent before she founded Renovation Planners, a construction management firm dedicated to helping homeowners avoid remodeling horror stories. Today, Monica is honored to share her knowledge of the construction industry in a variety of ways, so homeowners and industry pros alike can experience Remodel Success.

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