I recently updated our kitchen/dining area. I replaced our old and dark green laminate countertop and was quite happy with the outcome. I thought to share my project with you to help you out with your decision-making in your upcoming home upgrade.
My two contenders were Quartz and Granite. Who did I proclaim as the winner? Let’s compare granite from quartz countertops, and the winner will be announced at the end. Sounds good? But first, let’s find out what is Quartz and what is Granite.
What is Natural Quartz?
Natural quartz is one of the hardest minerals and an abundance can be found on earth. An engineered quartz countertop is made of ground natural quartz, about 94%.
The Engineered Quartz Countertops and a Little History
The process to engineer quartz countertops was developed by an Italian company in the early 1960’s. The process is done by pressing polymer resins into natural quartz crystals and pigments are added for coloration. The innovative process made it possible for it to be reinforced and create a solid and durable surface.
Quartz countertops have rapidly grown in its popularity in Italy. It quickly spread and became known to the American consumers in the 1990’s. Its advantages over its counterparts have won the hearts of many consumers. Its growing popularity continues up to this day.
Advantages & Disadvantages (Quartz)
1. Its elegant appearance, a stone-look
2. Non-porous surface, therefore, food will not get trapped in its surface, thus preventing bacterial growth
3. Being non-porous, it is stain-resistant
4. No sealing required
5. Low maintenance
6. Heat resistant
7. Hard and durable and highly resistant to dents and chips
8. Available in a wide variety of colors
9. A Lifespan of 25 – 50 years depending on the care and maintenance
10. Typically, installed in one piece
11. Its uniform and consistent appearance makes it easier to plan and work around it
I couldn’t really think of any disadvantages, other than it’s not an authentic stone.
What is Granite?
Granite is mined from pure, natural stone. It sawed into slabs or cut into tile size and polished for installation. Having said that, its colors are not consistent compared to quartz.
Advantages and Disadvantages (Granite)
1. Similar to quartz, it is hard and durable
2. Highly resistant to chips, scratches, and dents
3. It is heat-resistant
4. It has an elegant look of a natural stone
5. A Lifespan of 25 – 50 years depending on the care and maintenance
1. Being a natural stone, there is not a large variety of colors available to choose from
2. It is porous, therefore, re-sealing is recommended at least once a year to protect your investment
3. High maintenance
4. It is hard and durable, but compared to its engineered counterpart, quartz, its durability is less superior.
5. Being a natural stone, its color is not consistent and uniform. Some would find this difficult to work around when customizing a project
What about the cost?
Quartz ranges from $80-$140 per square foot installed and granite starts at about $80 and can go to $175 or slightly higher for high-end material.
Quartz or Granite, who’s my winner?
Quartz won hands down!
I achieved the elegance that I was looking for and acquired the notably low maintenance and durability aspects that are quite as important.
I was certain that I didn’t go wrong with choosing quartz as I know that I added more value to my home. The most important thing of all is that I will get to enjoy my investment for a long time.
I hope that I was able to help you out in making up your decision on your upcoming project. If you recently made an upgrade and used the quartz countertop yourself, I am happy to hear from you. How did it turn out? Please leave me a comment below. Cheers 🙂