Quartz Vs. Granite: What’s Better For Kitchen Countertops?

Quartz Vs. Granite: What’s Better For Kitchen Countertops?

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If you are remodeling your home kitchen, you need to spend some time in selecting the right material for countertops. The two obvious choices are granite and quartz. In this post, we will talk about the pros and cons of both in detail.

Knowing quartz better

Contrary to what many people believe, quartz countertops are not natural. Yes, these countertops do contain quartz, but it’s usually mixed with resin or similar materials to get the variety of designs and looks. There are many benefits of quartz countertops, such as –

    • Almost no maintenance
    • No need for sealing
    • Stain and heat resistant
    • Doesn’t harbor bacteria

On the flip side, if you go for patterned quartz countertops, the seams might affect the aesthetics to some extent. While there are many finishes available, the look isn’t close to granite in particular. Also, it is typically a costlier material than granite, if you just compare the basic price.

Knowing granite better

If you prefer natural material for your kitchen countertops, granite is easily the better choice. Since this is a natural stone, granite countertops never look the same, which can be a disadvantage too, as you cannot get the same look for all surfaces. Granite also works better as far as avoiding seams are concerned, and there are many colors and themes that you can choose from. The benefits are many, such as –

  • Heat and stain resistant
  • Durable for long-term use
  • Great for extended kitchen islands
  • No soaking of liquids

With granite, installation is an aspect you cannot afford to ignore. You have to select a company that can take care of the sealing process. Also, if the sealing is not done right, you may end up with permanent stains on your countertop.

Final word

Both granite and quartz are great for kitchen needs, and the final choice largely depends on your budget, as well. If you are looking for aesthetics and function, quartz is better, while granite is more ideal for durability. It should be noted that granite is strong but chipping and cracking are not rare. Check with your local installer to know what may work best for your kitchen. Get an estimate for both, but before that, please check the samples in person. With granite, the final look may change a bit, because it’s a natural stone that has certain inclusions and imperfections, which adds to its beauty.

Livia Abbey

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