Quartz and granite are both excellent choices for creating beautiful and reliable countertops. However, there are a few differences between that may or may not make one or the other the best option for your home. Here are a few things about quartz and granite you should know before you purchase your next countertop installation.
Quartz countertops are just as strong and durable as granite countertops, but they are also more flexible than granite countertops, and this makes them less likely to become damaged by chipping or cracking. Quartz is a non-porous stone that requires no sealing and little to no maintenance on their surface. It is also stain-resistant, so liquid spills from water or a glass of wine can easily be cleaned up in a matter of seconds.
Quartz countertops are very strong and durable, they are not completely immune to surface damage. Surface discoloration is common over time when quartz countertops are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. However, this is a problem that can easily be prevented by using curtains or shades to block excessive amounts of sunlight from entering your home.
Granite is very versatile in appearance and can feature many different colors and shades. It’s usually featured in white or cream colors, but it is also available in many variations of red, pink, and darker colors like black and gray. Granite countertops are also strong and durable, but they do require sealing at least once a year. Although quartz in continuing to increase in popularity, granite is still the best selling natural stone material for countertops. That means installing a granite countertop in your home will instantly increase its market and resale value.
At around $60-75 per square foot, quartz is a little more expensive than the $40-60 average per square foot you will pay for granite. However, granite will add much value to your home due to its popularity, and final prices usually vary based on quantity, quality, and installation requirements. But, on average, homeowners usually end up paying less for granite countertops.