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What's the difference between granite and quartz?

Posted by Jamie Tomassetti on Aug 20, 2015 12:30:00 PM

A question you’ll absolutely want to know the answer to before making a decision on what kind of kitchen countertops to get.

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What's the difference between granite and quartz? Well, both are great options and offer their own set of advantages. So it’s really about determining which one will most comfortably fit with your lifestyle, budget, and personal taste. Before delving into the pros and cons, let’s clarify what granite and quartz are.

Granite is a natural stone quarried directly from the earth. Being 100% natural means each slab of granite is completely unique.

Quartz is an engineered stone. It’s manufactured in a factory using quartz crystals and resin.

Recap … granite is all-natural and quartz is manufactured. Because of this, each material offers its own set of pros and cons. 

 

Granite


 

Pros Cons
  • Highly durable
  • Some granites can be safely used outdoors

  • Each slab is truly unique
  • Porous so it needs to be regularly sealed

  • Variations in shading, color, and veining are inherent in granite so small samples may not accurately represent your slab

 

Quartz


 

Pros Cons
  • Highly durable
  • Non-porous so it doesn't require regular sealing (a.k.a. easy to maintain!)

  • Highly stain resistant

  • What you see is what you get; the sample you view in a showroom is what you can expect for your countertops
  • May discolor when exposed to direct sunlight over time (not recommended for outdoor use)

  • Slabs are not unique

 

Topics: Countertops, Stone