Before choosing between granite and quartz when purchasing new countertops,
it is crucial to understand the benefits and features of each type to ensure you choose the material that best suits your needs.
Granite countertops are a popular choice for their beautiful appearance as well as their durability. Quartz countertops, also known as engineered stone countertops, are similar in looks and performance to granite but are very different in how they are made.
Granite countertops are mined and produced from pure stone. This mined stone is made into tile or sawed into slabs, which are then polished and prepared for installation. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are made up of crushed quartz that is mixed with pigment and bonded with resin.
Both granite and quartz offer stunning style and beauty to your space. Granite offers natural, subtle variations in the color of the stone, ranging from earthy tones to greens, roses, and blues. Quartz has more consistent coloring and also has more color available because the pigment is added to the quartz when the countertops are produced.
Neither is better than the other when it comes to looks. Your choice will ultimately come down to your preference and the style you are trying to achieve.
Natural Granite offers stunning beauty, but with natural stone comes weakness. When granite is installed, it must be sealed, and it will need to be resealed for protection regularly. Granite can also stain easily, but if it is sealed with a resin-based product during manufacturing, it will be more resistant to staining.
Quartz is lower maintenance and does not require as much care. It is also less resistant to cracking and chipping when compared to natural stone like granite. Both natural stone and engineered stone can last anywhere from 25-50 years, depending on how well they are cared for and how they are used. When it comes to durability, quartz does have the upper hand over granite, but it really comes down to proper care.
Granite starts around $80 and can go up to $ 175 or a bit higher for more high-end materials. Quartz prices range anywhere from $80 to $140 per square foot. Pricing will vary depending on the quality of the materials and where you choose to buy.
At Express Cabinet & Granite, we have a large selection of quality granite and quartz countertops for you to choose from your kitchen. In addition to our countertop selections, we also have a highly-trained and experienced staff that can install your countertops for you.
When searching for “countertop installation near me,” be sure to choose Express Cabinet & Granite for all of your countertops needs.