Monday December 12, 2016
If you've watched even 60 seconds of HGTV, you know that granite and quartz are the two hottest choices for countertops. The question is... which is better? Today, we will uncover the biggest differences between the two and help you decide which material is the best fit for your home's decor, your lifestyle and your family!
Let's start with #1: What exactly are granite and quartz?
Granite is a 100% natural stone. It is mined from the Earth in quarries and sliced into manageable slabs. The raw, rough granite is then polished to a fine, glossy finish like you'd recognize on a kitchen counter.
Quartz, as it's known in countertops, is actually a man-made material. They are manufactured using roughly 95% ground, natural quartz, which is then mixed with a resin to solidify it into slabs.
#2: Now that we have our definitions out of the way, let's talk about looks. What makes them different from an aesthetic standpoint?
Granite comes in an huge variety of colors and patterns, due to the fact that it's a product of nature. Variation between pieces (and even within a single piece) is a critical component to consider when selecting granite for your home. However, many find the variations and unique patterns in the stone are what make granite so beautiful. Quartz, however, has the opposite appeal. It has the look of stone while maintaining a more uniform appearance and color scheme.
Moving along to #3: Another difference between the two materials is level of maintenance.
Granite countertops are generally low maintenance. They can be cleaned with a mild household cleaner or just soap and water. Aside from cleaning, granite should be sealed once per year to protect against stains and dullness. But don't worry, this is a simple process - simply wipe the sealer on with a rag and wipe off the excess. Like granite, Quartz should be cleaned with soap and water or a mild cleaner. As far as sealing? Quartz is a solid surface, which means they will never require resealing.
Our 4th and last comparison is one that we receive the most questions on: Durability.
Granite is extremely durable and is heat resistant. Being a natural stone, it is porous, which lends to it's short list of durability concerns. Spilled liquids should be cleaned as quickly as possible, and oily or acidic products may cause discoloration or damage. Quartz is also extremely durable, but is not heat resistant. Trivets or heat pads should always be used. Quartz receives major bonus points for the fact that it is not porous, which in turn makes it extremely resistant to bacteria.
Both granite and quartz are excellent options for durable, long-lasting and beautiful countertops. Just consider the pros and cons above and decide which characteristics are the best fit for your home; you can't go wrong!
Visit our Permian Homes Design Center at 13020 Hwy 191 (Ste A) to see the wide variety of granite and quartz our homeowners are able to choose from!
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