Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms to remodel, and because we spend so much time there, it’s not surprising that so many homeowners want to create a room that they can enjoy. However, when it comes to choosing the materials for you remodel, there’s one question that almost always comes up: granite or quartz?
Both granite and quartz are popular countertop materials, but is one really better than the other? Before you head to a kitchen design store, here’s what you need to know about these two materials.
Possibly one of the biggest factors when it comes to choosing a countertop material is the look. Many people prefer the look of granite, which can be found in numerous different colors and patterns thanks to the way it is naturally formed. Additionally, no two granite countertops will be the same since they’re cut directly from natural stone, as opposed to being artificial manufactured.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, have their own growing popularity. Because they can be customized to the colors you want, it can be easier to find a style you want. Created from ground-up natural quartz and polymer resins, these countertops are something to consider if you’re after a color you can’t readily find in granite.
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen with eco-friendly materials, this is something to take into consideration. Granite, while it is a natural material, requires a lot of energy to cut and transport. For instance, quarried stone from Italy will require much more transport and energy than a stone that is locally sourced. While not necessarily a dealbreaker, if you’re looking to scale back your eco-footprint this is something to keep in mind.
Quartz, on the other hand, can be more eco-friendly, provided it’s locally manufactured and created from locally sourced stone. However, for some, it can be difficult to find either of these options locally. Ultimately, if you’re choosing by eco-friendliness, ask your design store about sourcing and use your own personal discretion to decide which is best for you.
While eco-friendliness is a big concern for some, others may be more interested in which material required the most upkeep. When it comes to granite countertops, you should try and clean them daily with a mild cleaning solution. For maximum longevity, you should consider resealing them once a year to prevent wear.
Similarly, quartz countertops should be cleaned with a mild solution; however, unlike granite, they won’t need additional sealing every year. This could be beneficial for those who want the lowest amount of maintenance possible, though sealing itself is a quick and easy process that only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Granite countertops are highly durable. Highly resistant to heat you won’t have to worry about placing hot dishes onto the surface. That said, due to its porous nature it can be stained if liquids are allowed to set on the surface for too long.
Quartz countertops are sort of the opposite of granite, as they aren’t porous and are resistant to chipping and staining. However, they can be damaged by heat meaning you’ll have to be cautious about what dishes you place on it. While this can be prevented through the use of heat-absorbing pads if you’re used to sitting hot pans on your counter it’s something to keep in mind. Additionally, because they are actually harder than granite and non-porous, you won’t have to worry about bacteria accumulating.
Both granite and quartz countertops have their pros and cons, and ultimately which one you choose will come down to exactly what you’re looking for. Oftentimes aesthetics is the largest factor, and in that case, your choice will come down to which you think goes best with your design. Whether you choose granite or quartz, you’re guaranteed to end up with a gorgeous and eye-catching countertop.