If you’re in the process of trying to decide between a quartz countertop or a granite countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, take heart. We’ll give you a brief overview of the difference between quartz and granite surfaces in this post. Each type of surface has its advantages and disadvantages. Once you read about each in more depth, you will have a better understanding of the two stone surfaces and determine which is right for your home or office.
What is Granite?
Granite has the distinction of being one of the most popular igneous rocks on earth. This beautiful rock, which is typically filled with flecks of minerals like mica and amphibole, forms when the crystals in the rock cool in the earth’s crust. It comes with a variety of colourful rock crystals inside, including pink and brown, though it’s not limited to those colours.
It takes millions of years to form granite in the ground. Large chunks of it get quarried from the ground. Once it’s quarried, it’s cut into slabs and polished and cut to become granite tiles or granite countertops. It’s a completely natural rock.
Advantages of Granite
- Because granite is pulled directly from the ground and then cut into slabs, it looks 100% natural and completely unique. It’s like your fingerprints. No two pieces of granite look exactly alike.
- Granite typically costs between $2,000 and $4,000 to install, making it a more cost-effective choice for many homeowners.
- Granite is very strong, resilient and heat resistant. It lasts a long time.
Disadvantages of Granite
- During the manufacturing process, granite gets sealed with resin. Over time, this resin seal wears away, which means your granite surfaces will need resealing from time to time.
- Granite’s porous makeup makes it more difficult to clean. Your granite countertops would need to be cleaned every day with soap and water. Additionally, certain acids and oils can stain granite.
What is Quartz?
The quartz that forms your quartz countertop goes through more of a manufacturing process than granite does. First, natural crystal is taken from the ground, and then crushed until it forms a fine sand.
Once it’s crushed, the manufacturer then mixes it with resin and other compounds, which allows quartz makers to form it into large slabs. It isn’t 100% natural like granite is.
Advantages of Quartz
- It offers homeowners flexibility in terms of colour. It is easier to customize than granite.
- Because it goes through a manufacturing process, it can actually be more environmentally friendly than some types of rock that are quarried straight from the ground.
- Quartz is more durable than many rocks because it isn’t porous. It’s one of the longest-lasting stone finishes you can find. It’s non-porous makeup means it’s also easier to clean.
Disadvantages of Quartz
- Quartz costs between $2,500 and $5,500 (based on the average kitchen size, however pricing may vary depending on the size of the kitchen) making quartz more expensive than granite.
- Quartz comes with size restrictions, which may not work for the parameters of some home or office projects.
As you can see, each surface has both advantages and disadvantages. That being said, both offer a great deal of durability. These stones are also excellent choices for both classic and modern building styles, which means your quartz countertop, or your granite countertop would look as lovely in a mid-century style home as they would in a modern one.
The team at Regent Granite are granite and quartz specialists in London, ON and can help you decide which surface is best for your kitchen or bathroom. Contact them today for more information.