Quartz and granite are the two more popular choices for kitchen counter tops. Both stones have their share of benefits, including their strength and striking looks, which make them an excellent choice as a counter top material. However, let’s try to take a closer look at some differences, which barely exist, between the two materials that may play a significant role in influencing people’s buying decisions.
Let’s start with the basic fact, the composition of the two stones. Granite boasts of being natural and is extracted from quarries, cut, polished and then fabricated into granite kitchen counter tops.
Quartz counter tops, on the other hand, are engineered stone products containing a mixture of natural quartz and other binding materials. They are engineered from stone by-products and make their way to the kitchen only after being ground up with the other materials, cut and fabricated into slabs.
Granite may have a slight advantage over quartz when it comes to looks. Being a natural stone, each granite slab is unique in terms of and design. Being engineering products, quartz counter tops may come in different colours and patterns but feature a uniform look.
Both quartz and granite counter tops are similar in cost and feature in the more expensive ranges of kitchen counter top materials. Both materials cost between $80 and $180 per square foot, depending on the pattern and colour requirements. The past few years have seen a drop in the prizes of quartz counter tops owing to the availability of more colours and designs, with unique designer patterns costing more. The prices may also vary depending on other factors like locality, availability, transportation costs, tariff charges, etc.
Durability and Maintenance
Durability and maintenance are two factors that one needs to consider when choosing quartz or granite kitchen counter tops. Although both quartz and granite are durable materials for kitchen worktops, quartz has a slight disadvantage because it does not need any sealing or resealing from time to time. Quartz counter tops are also more resistant to cracks when compared to granite worktops, which make them a better option for heavy-duty kitchens.
Quartz worktops are also comparatively more stain-resistant than granite counter tops because the resins in them create a sealed bond, which is uniform throughout the slab. These resins also contribute to the anti-bacterial properties of quartz counter tops, which are more superior to those of granite counter tops.
Both stones have their pros and cons in this category. Granite kitchen worktops stand slightly ahead of quartz worktops in this case. The reason being, granite worktops are made of 100% natural granite stones that do not require additional processing or mixing. It causes them to emit fewer carbon emissions when compared to quartz, which is processed together with polymer resins and coloured pigments to achieve the desired look.
And then we have the fact that while quartz worktops are manufactured from stone by-products, which do not need to be quarried from the earth, natural granite stones need to be quarried from the world.