When you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, one of the biggest questions you will ask yourself is “do I want granite or quartz countertops?” Many people will prefer one type over the other and stick to it no matter what, but does one material reign supreme, or is it all about personal preference?
In this blog, we will go through the difference between granite and quartz in terms of aesthetics, cost, and durability. Once you have read the blog, you should be able to decide which material will be best for you and your renovation project.
Granite: Granite is a stone mined from a quarry, cut to a manageable size, then polished to a fine finish. If you get true granite, it will always be 100% natural.
Quartz: Quartz, on the other hand, is manufactured from 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins.
If you choose granite, you will be able to choose from many different patterns and colors because of the way granite is formed. No matter if you are looking to make your counter stand out or to be a subtle addition, you will be able to find what you are looking for with granite.
Quartz is becoming more popular with renovators and homeowners alike because of their appearance. Quartz can be customized to fit your kitchen’s color scheme and it looks like stone. Quartz is also easier to select than granite because a lot of times no two granite countertops will be the same.
On average, the cost of installing granite in your kitchen will be between $2,000 and $4,000. There are options to save money by buying the material from a granite wholesaler and doing some preliminary work on your project yourself. With that said you should always leave the fabrication and installation process to a professional.
If you decide to go with quartz, you will be paying anywhere between $1,500 to $5,500, depending on the quality and the style of edging. Quartz is a heavier material than granite, so you should rely on a professional to make sure your space is structurally sound before they can install your quartz countertop.
The only downside with granite in terms of durability is that they are porous, which means that if you spill liquids on it and leave it without cleaning it up, stains will appear. Other than that, granite is very durable. It can withstand heat and other kitchen elements without altering its shape or structure.
Compared to granite, quartz is the harder material and is more durable. It also isn’t porous so it’s easier to clean and can be kept bacteria-free if you clean it every so often. Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, however, so always use caution when placing hot pans on your countertop.
No matter which material you decide to use for your kitchen or bathroom renovation, you can trust the team at Quantum Granite Corp to find the best design and colour that will fit your space perfectly! We treat our granite with a sealant to prevent stains and spills on your countertop. You will just need to re-apply the sealant every few years, depending on how often you use your granite countertop. Browse our inventory on our website or send us an email at email@example.com to book your free in-home quote!