Replacing a kitchen or bathroom countertop will increase the value and the overall look of your home. When considering replacing kitchen or bathroom countertops there are many different options to choose from. Some of the available options include: tile, granite, quartz, laminate and other materials. The ultimate factor in most cases will be your budget. However, if you don’t care about budgets and are interested in the most popular materials on the market; Granite and Quartz are among the top two.
The biggest difference between granite and Quartz is: Granite is a natural stone that is polished and cut into slabs. Quartz are real stones as well but are manmade. Since granite is made by the Earth without man interfering every finish is distinct and can’t be duplicated, so if you are looking for a finish unlike any other granite is the material for you. Quartz countertops are more expensive than granite but are more durable and require less maintenance.
Granite is one of the oldest building materials and among the most popular choice because of the beautiful smooth, glossy and easy-to-clean finishes. When using synthetic materials you will not get an illuminant and elegant finish. Granite is available in a wide range of colors from light to dark and exotic. However, they are not as durable as Quartz.
- Can break or crack easily if heavy items are dropped on the surface
- Come with noticeable seams
- Must be resealed on a scheduled basis
- Must be cleaned with Ammonia Free cleaning solutions or risk spotting
- Costly repairs if they become damaged
- Hot pans or pots will leave a permanent mark if not placed on trivet
Quartz is available in many different colors and provides the same beautiful finishes you would get with granite but it’s much more durable. Quartz slabs are made from ground crystals combined with bonding agents and color. Some of the most popular brads on the market are: Caeserstone, Silestone, Icestone, Zodiaq, Vetrostone, Cambria, Hanstone, Samsung and LG.
- Costs more than Granite
- Almost maintenance free and can use any type of cleaning solution
- Less noticeable seams
- Costs less to repair
- Can place hot items on the surface without using a trivet
- No porous
- More durable
Whether you choose granite or Quartz you will get a magnificent and elegant finish, that is sure to enhance the appeal of your home. These two materials will last a long time the only difference is, granite will need more care and maintenance in the end but Quartz will cost more. Also when you use granite in some case it can be a do-it-yourself project, if you feel comfortable installing it yourself. But for the best possible results hire a licensed and seasoned contractor or installer.