In our last post, we mentioned that quartz countertops are one of the biggest remodeling trends of 2013. Always a beautiful mineral and a great choice for countertops, quartz has been overshadowed for many years by its more popular cousin, granite. Its recent step into the spotlight, however, has many homeowners wondering if granite really is the best choice for countertops. Has the champion been dethroned? Will granite maintain its lead? Let’s look at the contenders.
Quartz vs Granite
Let’s start by looking at what each material is exactly. While quartz is a mineral (it’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s continental crust, in fact!), granite is an igneous rock made up of different minerals including quartz, mica, and feldspar. So granite contains quartz? Much of the time, yes. You should also know that while granite is 100% natural stone, quartz’s content is natural but it is shaped and formed by man.
STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
While granite is known to be an exceptionally strong material, quartz wins this leg of the competition. Quartz ranks higher on the Mohs scale, making it an even tougher foe of those common countertop enemies: chips and cracks. Although both both materials do well in this category, if you had to make a choice, quartz vs granite, quartz is the clear winner.
Because quartz is a nonporous material, it repels everything from wine and coffee to oil and vinegar. This makes it a very efficient countertop—both stain resistant and easy to clean. Granite, on the other hand, has small, natural spaces in its crystalline structure. To protect against stains, the surface requires regular sealing, which is easy to do but also easy to forget. If not regularly treated, granite can absorb stains and bacteria.
Installation is one facet where you don’t really need to debate quartz vs granite. Both materials are very heavy and difficult to handle, so they should only be installed by professionals. If you attempt to install the countertops yourself, you risk breaking them or causing fissures and chipping. This is especially true of granite, which we’ve already established is not as durable as quartz.
When it comes down to it, your debate of quartz vs granite might result in a simple beauty contest. Which do you find more pleasing to the eye? Frankly, it’s a personal choice. Both come in a variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to find something that you like and that matches your home. It should be noted, however, that if your countertop will have seams, granite will make them much more visible, while quartz can hide them.
Well, they both aren’t cheap. It all depends on what store/manufacturer you go to, what color you choose, and what patterns are available. Sometimes quartz does cost a bit more, but the regular maintenance of granite (and possible repairs) could make it the higher choice overall. As the cost of both materials is constantly fluctuating, it’s difficult to nail down a price. Overall, they tie for affordability.
And the winner is . . .
Quartz! While granite and quartz are both wonderful options, quartz’s strength, durability, and low-maintenance make it the best choice for countertops. Keep following the Bailey Company blog for more remodeling tips, tricks, and trends.
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