We’re always asked which material is better for countertops — Granite or Quartz? And the answer is — they’re both great! It really comes down to your lifestyle and aesthetic preference. So let’s chat about a few of the basic differences between Granite and Quartz.
What is Granite? Granite is solid, durable, natural and beautiful, containing very unique features — no two pieces are alike. Granite is an ingneous rock formed from the earth’s magma which is composed of quartz, feldspar, mica and a variety of other minerals. Granite comes in various colors based on where it was formed and is the second hardest natural stone next to the diamond. It’s strong enough for everyday use and you can put anything up to 550 degrees directly on its surface. Of all countertops is it without a doubt most durable and very easy to maintain.
What is Quartz? Quartz is a naturally occurring hard material. It grows in clusters and does not form into large blocks like granite. Quartz countertops are instead engineered and formed into slabs. A quartz countertop consists of approximately 93% quartz and 7% resins and pigment. It’s manufactured to be strong and dense, but due to it’s manufactured process there isn’t an extensive amount of color patterns to choose from.
So with that said, if you’re looking for a more natural, unique appearance in your kitchen or bathroom that’s easy to maintain and extremely durable granite is probably going to catch your eye, whereas if you’re looking for a more even, uniformed appearance without the need for such extensive durability Quartz would be more fitting.
Do let us know if you have any specific questions about countertops – we’d be happy to answer them for you!