Quartz or Granite: What’s the difference?
If you’re a homeowner, you may have already asked this question. The quartz vs granite counter debate has been going on for a long time. There are many differences, though sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart. Finishes and manufacturing of these products has come a long way making it even more difficult to tell the two apart. What is the difference? Why does it matter? And ultimately, which one is better? Well, it depends. Not only are there differences in the way they look, but also in how they are made as well as how they need to be maintained. The answer depends on what you are looking for. Luckily, I’m here to answer some of your most asked questions.
How can you tell them apart?
To start, how quartz and granite are made is important to understand because it helps explain some of the major differences between the two options. First, granite is not man made. It is an igneous rock that occurs in nature. It is lava that, while cooling, forms mineral crystals that gives it it’s unique look. No two slabs of granite will look the same. Quartz slabs, on the other hand are engineered. They contain many minerals, just like granite, can be made to look very similar to granite, but can also have a pattern, unlike granite.
Even though it may seem like granite would have limited colour options, nature offers a large range of colours. You can find it in colours ranging from brown, to pink or blue. And of course, each slab is one of a kind. Since quartz is engineered, it can be made in any colour.
So, if you are looking for something with a consistent pattern, or a certain colour that granite doesn’t offer, you should be looking at quartz options. If this isn’t important to you or you want something completely unique, granite is the option for you. Before you make a decision, there are still important differences that you should be aware of.
How much do they cost?
There isn’t a huge variance in price between quartz and granite. If you are on a restricted budget, you will more likely find something at a lower price point if you are looking at quartz rather granite. It’s important to keep in mind that though, Quartz starts at a lower price point it can exceed the price of granite. It all depends on the options and finishes you choose.
What are the maintenance requirements?
Maintenance is one of the big differences between granite and quartz. Granite, though very durable, is more susceptible to stains. It is also more likely to be damaged by being hit hard. Quartz is actually harder than granite. It is more durable. It can however be damaged by high heat, so keep that in mind while working with this material.
To keep granite clean, use soap and water daily. A mild household cleaner can also be used. It’s good practice to have your countertops resealed annually to increase the lifespan of your granite.
Keep quartz clean the same as you would granite: with soap and water or a household cleaner. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be resealed.
How do they impact the environment?
The answer may not be what you think. Granite actually takes more energy to get from the quarry to your home. To have less of an impact, use local stone instead of getting slabs imported. Quartz can be more environmentally friendly. You can use local manufacturers and local stone. Lowering the amount of transportation needed to acquire each stone can help reduce your impact on the environment.
Though each option has its differences, it comes down to which one works best for you. Maybe you’re ok with more maintenance if it means having a completely unique piece of stone. Or perhaps you’d prefer a little less maintenance and less variety in the appearance. Either way, both options will give your space a beautiful finish. Has this helped you make your decision?