Battle of the Countertops

Over the years there has been a long and heated debate between granite and quartz countertops. It is understandable as both are popular choices for homeowners. However there are a few things that homeowners should know before they decide on their kitchen and bathroom countertops.

First let’s start off with what quartz and granite are:

Quartz is a manufactured countertop that is made from the combination of crushed quartz, colored pigment, and resin as an adhesive. On the other hand granite is unadulterated stone that is cut into slabs.

Because of quartz being a manmade product there are multiple options of styles and appearances to choose from. Color, texture and pattern can all be controlled perfectly. Granite does have fewer options but instead you are able to have a natural piece(s) of stone in your kitchen or bathroom. Each piece has a unique pattern and look that will never be the same as any others, unlike quartz. With that means there may be noticeable seams.

When it comes to strength both are quite tough. Granite is able to withstand spills, hot pans and pots, and is extremely durable. Granite does not chip or scratch easily however it must be sealed. Quartz does not need to be sealed like granite and can also be quite durable. Many manufactures will state that quartz is stronger however, multiple homeowners and builders feel differently. Quartz can be chipped and scratched easily and attain stains or marks from tools used to carry it or from household use. In this way granite has an advantage.

Nevertheless granite does have a few shortcomings. Since granite is a pure stone it is porous and therefore must be sealed. This protects the stone from staining and repels germs and bacteria from growing in the small crevasses. You must be careful as the sealant can wear down and allow bacteria to grow but can be avoided by resealing it every three years. Quartz has the upper hand in this category as it is not porous and does not need to be sealed. Depending on which manufacturer you buy your quartz countertop from many of them are able to manufacture it to be extremely hygienic.

Additionally, some types of granite may be dyed, typically with black granites. Be aware of this and ask the manufacturer whether it is dyed or not as after years of use the granite can fade and look quite different.

In the end it is up to the homeowner and what they prefer. If you desire a natural look with intriguing patterns and texture and feel it is important to have a countertop able to withstand scratches and chips then granite is the countertop for you. However, if you feel that a controlled, even color and pattern that is hygienic is more of a priority then you should choose quartz.

Experts and manufactures will always tell you their biased opinion, which does not truthfully tell you the better option. Instead ask your friends and family. Look as how they use it and what condition it is in after a few years. Ask them how they like their countertop, if they have ever had any problems or would have chosen something different. From there you are able to make the right decision for your wants and needs in a countertop.


November 2015