What are the pros and cons of quartz and granite? What is the difference between them?

When thinking about home remodeling, kitchen countertops, vanity tops, you will face this choice: quartz vs granite surfaces. Can you tell the difference between them? What are the pros and cons of these two?

First things first: what is granite?

Granite is a type of igneous rock (made by the solidification of lava) with a granular and phaneritic texture. Granite rocks are crystallize below Earth’s surface and the slow cooling allows large crystals (visible to the naked eye) to form.

What are quartz surfaces?

Quartz, as it is popularly known, is a man-made engineered “stone”. It is made mostly of the mineral quartz plus resins, polymers, and pigments. The fact that it’s a engineered stone allows quartz a few qualities, such as wider range of standardized colors.

Quartz vs granite: what is the difference between them?

The main difference is that granite is a natural stone, as quartz is a artificial stone made mostly of quartz powder. Granite is also formed by the mineral quartz, but it’s forged naturally.

Besides that, each one has its own qualities and limitations. Let’s see:

Granite:

Pros:

  • Contain no harmful chemicals
  • Exotic and unique patterns
  • Low maintenance
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Resistance to chemicals
  • High resistance to heat

Cons:

  • Low stain resistance (in lighter ranges)
  • Requires sealing (and resealing with time).

Quartz:

Pros:

  • Impact resistant
  • Standardized colors
  • Wider range of colors
  • Very low maintenance
  • Does not require sealing
  • Stain-resistant

Cons:

  • No good for outdoors
  • Discolor over time with sun exposure
  • Visible seams
  • Low resistance to heat
  • Size limitations

Now, how much does granite countertops cost?

And how much does quartz countertops cost?

Both materials have variable prices. Granite prices start as low as $40 per square foot (sqft) as those of quartz start at $70. Yet, high end exotic granite can costs as much as $200 (or more!) per sqft and quartz is priced as high as $175.

On one hand, quartz is very used in large scale building projects – such as franchises and prefab houses -, because of its workability and simplicity. On the other hand, natural stone is used to enhance a project due to its exclusive characteristics.

At the end, your choice comes to the stone you find the most beautiful and suitable for your needs. Do you have any experience with granite or quartz? Please, tell us about it and if you have any doubts, we’ll be really happy to help.

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