Quartz or Granite? That seems to be the million-dollar question if you tune into any HGTV shows like House Hunters. So which one is it? Is one better than the other, or is it more about aesthetics? Let’s go over the differences between quartz vs. granite, and you can decide which one you prefer.
Granite has a variety of colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten minerals. No two granite materials are the same. The most common colors tend to be white, pink, or gray.
While granite has a wide selection, you would have to search for the right piece that matches your color scheme.
On the other hand, quartz countertops have the look of stone, and the best part is you can customize the design! This makes the selection process much easier. And did I mention quartz looks beautiful? It has an excellent gloss that will last for a long time.
The average cost to have granite for your home can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000. The price can run even higher for hard-to-find pieces. Even if you save money by buying the materials from a wholesaler, it would still be pricey to have it installed.
With quartz, it can be as low as $1,500. Sometimes the price can be higher. It depends on a few factors, such as type, customization, preferences, and size.
You could try to install the countertops yourself to save money. Still, it would be a good idea to have a professional install it to make sure it’s structurally sound.
Granite is not precisely environment-friendly. After all, it requires a quarry, and if you choose a high-end slab from another country, it would need considerable transportation. All of that uses up a lot of energy and resources.
Quartz is considered environmentally-friendly because it can be engineered locally. That really cuts down on the transportation distance. Not only that, but you’re also reducing the energy and carbon imprint.
The usual recommendation for granite countertops is to clean them daily with soap and water. Also, you would need to avoid some oils and acids, because they can stain the countertops. To make sure the granite countertops last, you would need to have them resealed once a year. Soap and water are recommended for quartz as well, but that’s about it. Yes, you read that right. No other maintenance would be needed because of the surface’s composite, and there’s no need to have it resealed.
Granite is durable and resistant to heat, but its porous nature can cause issues. For example, if some liquids are spilled and left sitting on the countertop, it can cause some damage. Any high-impact blows can also damage it. Believe it or not, quartz is harder than granite. So, that means quartz is much more durable and nearly indestructible. You don’t have to worry about leaving any stains on there, because it’s not porous at all. However, there is an exception– quartz kitchen countertops can be damaged by excessive heat, so make sure you use heating pads under any hot pans.
If you’re interested in getting beautiful quartz countertops for your home, check out the Raphael Stone Collection. Raphael Stone offers excellent white quartz countertops selection too!
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