Granite or Quartz Countertops?

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The never ending debate between Granite and Quartz countertops, they both have their pros and cons. Granite is the traditional choice of counter-tops, however, with the recent tweaks quartz is quickly gaining ground. According to a recent Houzz survey, quartz countertops come in second to granite countertops in public opinion. Houzz surveyed over 7,000 respondents about their kitchen remodeling preferences. Of the 94% who were planning to replace their countertops, 36% of respondents reported that they would prefer a quartz countertop for their kitchen, while half preferred granite.

So here is how the two really differ.

  • Quartz has more color consistency and it's likely that you'd get exactly what you've seen in the showroom. Granite is a natural stone, so it's more like rolling the dice; the swirls and shades are natural, and they look phenomenal. You can never expect that sweet natural look from quartz.
  • Quartz is far easier to take care of, though stone counter-tops are very durable compared to any other option, one can be more durable than the other. Quartz naturally has a non-porous surface. It's a natural bacteria repellant, with a damp cloth and some soap expect it to last you a lifetime. Granite, on the other hand, needs to be sealed and re-sealed every year to maintain its natural beauty and prevent it from harboring any water.
  • Probably the most important factor, the price. You can expect your quartz counter-top to be less expensive than the exotic granite. Granite's maintenance also requires an annual cost so keep that into consideration when setting a budget.

There is no real winner in this debate; it comes down to preference and usage. Granite, though is more expensive and harder to take care of, can be more appealing to look at, so if you think beauty comes first Granite is your choice. On the other hand, quartz is more logical and calculated choice.