Choosing between granite and quartz

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Granite and quartz are both good decorating options but for different reasons. (Submitted photo)

Granite and quartz are both good decorating options but for different reasons. (Submitted photo)

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked at the Affordable Companies is whether a homeowner should choose granite or quartz for their home improvement project. So what is the difference between the two materials?

Granite is a naturally occurring material that is mined from the earth in large pieces, but later broken down into slabs. These granite slabs are then treated to a fine polish using a polyurethane sealer or resin. Each piece of granite is 100-percent unique. The color, grain and overall look of the stone will vary from slab to slab, even if they have been mined from the same quarry. The key to granite’s enduring popularity is its durability. If you keep your granite properly cleaned and sealed, spills and stains should not be an issue.

Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered from a combination of stone, composites and resins. Like granite, quartz is a naturally occurring stone element. But because quartz products are partially manufactured, they have the ability to look much more uniform than granite. One of the biggest benefits would be the low maintenance factor. Quartz is nonporous, which means it will not absorb water and microbes. Additionally, it will not require sealing/re-sealing, which will save you time and money.

So now, with all of this background information on the two different types of stones, how do you go about choosing one that’s right for your specific project? The ideal stone choice will vary depending on usage and environmental factors. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Granite is more heat resistant than quartz. So you may want to select granite for kitchen countertops, if you are planning on setting hot pans directly on the stone.
  • Because quartz does not need to be sealed and is nonporous, you may want to choose it for shower ledges, bathroom vanities or sink backsplashes.
  • Quartz is a bit more scratch resistant than granite. This makes it a better fit for bar ledges or other high traffic areas that may be prone to damage.
  • Because granite has natural variation, be careful to select material appropriately.

All in all, both granite and quartz countertops are going to add value to your home. They will both bring a polished, natural and impressive look to any space. The decision comes down to your personal preference and the needs of your specific space.

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Choosing between granite and quartz

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Granite and quartz are both good decorating options but for different reasons. (Submitted photo)

Granite and quartz are both good decorating options but for different reasons. (Submitted photo)

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked at the Affordable Companies is whether a homeowner should choose granite or quartz for their home improvement project. So what is the difference between the two materials?

Granite is a naturally occurring material that is mined from the earth in large pieces, but later broken down into slabs. These granite slabs are then treated to a fine polish using a polyurethane sealer or resin. Each piece of granite is 100-percent unique. The color, grain and overall look of the stone will vary from slab to slab, even if they have been mined from the same quarry. The key to granite’s enduring popularity is its durability. If you keep your granite properly cleaned and sealed, spills and stains should not be an issue.

Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered from a combination of stone, composites and resins. Like granite, quartz is a naturally occurring stone element. But because quartz products are partially manufactured, they have the ability to look much more uniform than granite. One of the biggest benefits would be the low maintenance factor. Quartz is nonporous, which means it will not absorb water and microbes. Additionally, it will not require sealing/re-sealing, which will save you time and money.

So now, with all of this background information on the two different types of stones, how do you go about choosing one that’s right for your specific project? The ideal stone choice will vary depending on usage and environmental factors. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Granite is more heat resistant than quartz. So you may want to select granite for kitchen countertops, if you are planning on setting hot pans directly on the stone.
  • Because quartz does not need to be sealed and is nonporous, you may want to choose it for shower ledges, bathroom vanities or sink backsplashes.
  • Quartz is a bit more scratch resistant than granite. This makes it a better fit for bar ledges or other high traffic areas that may be prone to damage.
  • Because granite has natural variation, be careful to select material appropriately.

All in all, both granite and quartz countertops are going to add value to your home. They will both bring a polished, natural and impressive look to any space. The decision comes down to your personal preference and the needs of your specific space.

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