UPGRADING COUNTERTOPS: QUARTZ vs. GRANITE

Granite has been used in kitchens and bathrooms for years, and quartz has become increasingly popular recently. Which one should you choose? Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of both granite and quartz countertops, as well as an overview of their pricing, styles, and available colors so you can make an informed decision that’s right for your home.

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Advantages of Quartz

It’s affordable, it’s durable, and it comes in a wide variety of colors (including fun options like onyx and obsidian). It requires no maintenance beyond an occasional wipe-down with a damp cloth to remove debris. And because quartz countertops are chemically inert, you won’t need to take any special precautions when working with them in your kitchen or bathroom.

It is not immune to damage; scratches from knives can be more noticeable on its glassy surface than they would be on granite. Similarly, light dings can also leave marks where they might not show up as readily against other surfaces. And while some manufacturers claim that using coasters will prevent water rings from forming around glasses and mugs left out overnight, many owners find that even a little moisture still results in unsightly stains or rings.

Advantages of Granite

Granite countertops are easy to maintain but can be pricey and heavy. However, granite has an elegant, natural look that never goes out of style, which means that granite countertops will always be in style—and so will your kitchen! Granite also resists staining and scratching better than other materials such quartz. Finally, granite counters offer excellent resale value: you won’t lose money when you sell your home because your attractive new kitchen looks great and adds value to your property.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your kitchen countertops with something more stylish than basic laminate tops, then quartz might not be right for you; they’re high-maintenance surfaces that don’t add much value to homes during the resale time. On top of that, they tend to chip more easily than granite since they lack its strength. But if ease of care is paramount in what you’re looking for in a new countertop, then quartz might win out over its older (but wiser) competitor: quartz comes in many colors and styles now!

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The Look and Style of Each Material

Granite and quartz both have their advantages. Granite has more of a rich and earthy style, while quartz often looks high-end and sleek with its glass-like finish. Both materials are also very durable and long-lasting, so it’s really a matter of what you like best! For example, if you want to create an upscale look in your kitchen or bathroom, then quartz would be ideal; but if you’re looking for something that better matches your rustic decorating scheme, then granite might be your best bet.

Cost Considerations

While granite and quartz countertops both come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, there are many significant differences between these natural materials that make them well-suited for different kinds of spaces. Granite can be more expensive than quartz countertops but will typically last longer and retain its value much better over time as compared to quartz countertops; however, quartz tends to be significantly less expensive than granite countertops when taking into account factors such as cost per square foot or overall longevity.

Physical Durability

Granite and quartz countertops are among some of the most durable materials for kitchen counters, but it’s important to remember that no surface can withstand a direct blow from a hammer or dropping extremely hot pans on top of them (yes, we’ve seen people do it). If you treat your counters with respect, both granite and quartz will give you years of good service.

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Maintenance Requirements

Quartz countertops are lower in maintenance and are extremely scratch-resistant. They don’t need regular maintenance aside from simple cleaning with soap and water.  Granite tends to be the higher maintenance option, it doesn’t scratch easily but requires sealing every year or so. The sealer helps protect against scratches and spills, but once a granite countertop gets a few nicks in it, it can be hard to repair—especially if they go down to the quartz layer beneath that gives granite its durability. 

Resale Value

Although granite and quartz are both solid materials, there are some differences when it comes to reselling value. While granite countertops often hold their resale value better than quartz in many cities, that might not be true in your area—especially if a lot of other homes are built with similar countertops. If you do have to sell your home, however, many real estate agents say granite has a more appealing look and feel and tends to draw in buyers at higher prices. Overall, homeowners tend to prefer granite due to its luxurious and durable appearance. 

 

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