Quartz and granite stone countertops are two of the most popular types of countertops out there. But which one is right for you and your needs? Whether you’re installing or remodeling your existing kitchen or bathroom countertop, it’s important you weigh the pros and cons between the two.
Here are some of the key differences between granite and marble stone countertops.
Natural Stone Vs. Engineered Stone
Granite stone is a completely natural stone. This means it’s mined from pure stone found in nature, then it’s sawed into slabs or tiles and polished so that it can be installed into your countertops.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are made from crushed quartz, which is then mixed with a pigment for purposes of coloration and resin as a binder.
If you want something completely authentic, then granite wins this round.
Both are attractive in their own ways. Granite has naturally inconsistent variations that can’t necessarily be recreated by quartz. The colors of granite range from blues to greens to earth tones to roses.
Quartz countertops are available in a greater variety of colors since they are man-made with different pigments added to the stone.
Although granite is the natural stone between the two, it does have its weaknesses as far as durability goes. Because it’s a natural stone, it’s porose in nature, meaning it needs to be sealed every so often in order to guarantee its quality appearance. Quartz, on the other hand, is not as high maintenance. It does not need to be sealed. Both, however, have an overall lifespan of 25-50 years, give or take.