Countertops can make or break your most important home spaces.
Kitchens and bathrooms can be completely transformed feeling clean and fresh, or give you that cool vibe that you’re looking for with the addition of some new countertops.
Two of the most common questions we get it are, “what’s the difference between granite vs quartz countertops?” and “which one is better?”.
In this article, we’ll discuss the granite vs quartz countertops debate, and we’ll see which is better for your particular needs.
Are Granite Countertops For You?
Granite counters are 100% natural granite, so we like to think of it as a slice off a rock.
Granite is porous so they should be resealed every few years, cleaned often so they don’t stain or create a space for bacteria to form, and they can chip easier since they are naturally formed.
If resealing doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in, but you still like the look of a granite, you can ask about a 10 year seal. The con to this, is after 10 years it still needs to be resealed, and it tends to be much more expensive.
That being said, granite countertops are very heat resistant, meaning you can place a scolding hot pan directly on the countertop without a pot holder (though we don’t recommend this).
Are Quartz Countertops For You?
Quartz has become one of the most popular countertop choices with its durability and its plentiful design, color, and pattern variant choices.
Quartz counters are made of almost all crushed quartz and about 5 to 8% resin. We think of quartz counters like crushed rocks glued together. The resin (a really hard adhesive) makes quartz non-porous so it’s extremely durable, resistant to scratches, stains, bacteria, and it doesn’t need to be resealed. Since it is man made it also has some resistance to heat.
We’ve heard some horror stories of quartz counters cracking right in half from a toaster ovens heat, or warm freshly washed dishes creating rings on countertops. We can say this isn’t a common occurrence (actually it’s pretty rare), but quartz can be damaged by sudden changes in temperature. Pot holders recommended!
So, Are Granite Countertops Better Than Quartz Countertops?
Deciding whether or not granite countertops are better than quartz depends entirely on your needs and preferences.