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Granite Vs. Quartz Countertops Which One Should You Opt For

Posted April 21, 2020

Granite Vs. Quartz Countertops Which One Should You Opt For

Whether you’re planning a kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel, your countertops deserve special attention. Two materials you may be pondering over are granite and quartz. Both are beautiful, durable and environmentally friendly. Really, you can’t go wrong with either one in your kitchen design!

Let’s discuss the benefits to expect from both granite and quartz countertops so that you can choose the best premium material for your kitchen or bath.

Granite Countertops

Each slab of granite is unique because it is mined in single, large slabs. This means that each slab is made from 100% natural stone, with no two pieces being the same. That said, you can purchase jumbo slabs in the same color, allowing you to have a consistent and beautiful kitchen island.

Speaking of color, granite is available in shades of pink, white, gray, beige/brown and black. They complement all types of kitchen cabinets, especially with their various grain patterns. Blues, greens and reds are available, too, but they’re not as common. And, you can install granite outdoors because it can withstand the elements.

In terms of maintenance and durability, granite holds up well to normal wear and tear. We recommend sealing granite every 12-18 months depending on how often you cook because it is porous and will suck up liquids that can harbor bacteria. Otherwise, warm soapy water or a 50:50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water will keep granite clean. Do not use vinegar or other acidic substances.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops have plenty to love as well. They are man-made using quartz, one of the most abundant minerals on our planet. In addition to the crushed quartz, a small amount of resin is added. This allows these countertops to be strong, durable and rich looking.

In fact, many people are surprised to hear that quartz countertops don’t require any maintenance! Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed and is virtually stainless. Plus, quartz doesn’t harbor bacteria, so you can feel good knowing that your countertops are clean and healthy.

Another thing we appreciate about quartz is that it’s available in a wide selection of colors, as these hues can be added in with the quartz and resin mixture. This gives you a lot more color options and textures compared to granite. However, quartz is not suitable for the outdoors and it is more expensive.

Conclusion

In the end, it’s no surprise why homeowners have a hard time choosing between the two materials! Both have their advantages, so it boils down to aesthetics, maintenance and price. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of the different countertops, the benefits to expect and which one is right for your kitchen design project. Still have questions? Contact Woodhaven today for a consultation!

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