When clients come to Design with Distinction for a kitchen or bath remodel the first question is almost always "should we use granite or quartz for our countertop material?". Our answer is it really depends! It's easy to get confused by the many different material options that are available. Stone products like granite and quartz are the most popular materials used for countertops due to their strength and durability. Below we'll explain the differences between these two materials and hopefully educate you on the pros and cons of both.
Granite is a natural product that is formed from minerals and stones. These materials are pressed together at extremely high pressure & temperatures deep within the earth, and eventually form granite stones as we know them. The beauty and diverse patterns are in many instances a work of art and can make a bold statement in today's kitchens and bathrooms.
Granite tends to have more variation in its appearance. It has random markings that are unique to each piece which tends to "tell a story". Many of our clients prefer the natural beauty of granite while others prefer the consistency and cleaner lines of quartz.
Granite is naturaly hard and strong, and offers a high level of heat resistance. It is porous which can trap bacteria within the surface.
The porous nature of granite means that it more difficult to keep clean, and is also vulnerable to stains & spills. It must be sealed upon installation and at regular intervals, often once a year.
Ranging from $50 - $100 per square foot installed (some of the extremely exotic slabs are priced higher)
Quartz is a man-made product made from quartz crystals and resin. It is pressed, heated and colored to resemble natural stone, but is actually an engineered product.
Quartz countertops are fairly uniform in both color & pattern. Our clients who like a more contemporary design prefer the consistency of quartz. When it comes to countertops, quartz sections are easier to match up at the seams. Quartz gives a cleaner, sleeker look.
Quartz is not porous & is much easier to keep free of germs & bacteria. It retains its high-polised luster & never requires sealing. It is more flexible, durable & easier to work with than natural stone. Quartz will not stain from oil, fruit juices, acids, liquid food coloring, wine, soda, nail polish remover, felt-tip markers & most common household cleaners.
Quartz is non-porous and requires no sealing. It is naturally resistant to moisture & stains & requires no maintenance.
Ranging from $50 - $90 per square foot installed
We hope that this has given you an overview on both granite and quartz countertops. Let's talk about your upcoming renovation!
Wishing you blessings and joy,