Choosing the right material for your countertops is an important decision because you will have to use them for at least 10 years. That’s why it is important to weigh the pros and cons of both materials and decide according to your manner of use. Both granite and quartz are excellent materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops and you can’t go wrong with either one of them.
Granite is almost scratch resistant
Cutting directly on granite countertops will not scratch it, but it can dull your knives. Quartz countertops are not as highly resistant to scratches as granite, but they will hold well also.
Quartz is non-porous
This characteristic prevents water and liquids from absorbing and leaving a stain. On the other hand, granite is porous and some liquids like wine and coffee can leave a stain. Therefore, it is important to seal granite countertops regularly and prevent such things from happening.
Granite absorbs heat better
Granite is probably the best material when it comes to absorbing heat; you can easily put away a hot object on it and it will not break or melt. Quartz countertops are one the other hand, less resistant to heat- high changes of temperature can damage them, so it is advised to use mats and trivets.
Quartz has a wider colour palette
Quartz is a man-made product made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. The pigments are added to change its colour or add veins or granulation. Quartz countertops can even have the appearance of marble or granite due to this fact. In its range, you can find almost any colour you can imagine, from classic colours to very unusual and bright ones. On the other hand, granite’s palette is limited to the colours found in nature, with earthy and classic tones dominating.
They are both very durable
Both materials are very hard and dense and will not break or crack easily. You should be more careful around edges though, as they are prone to chipping.
They can be used in other ways also
They are most often used for kitchen and bathroom countertops, but that is not the only way you can incorporate them in your house. You can use them for floors, wall cladding, backsplashes…
Granite can be used outdoors
You shouldn’t use quartz for flooring under radiant heat or outdoors. The resins in it are unstable under high temperatures and UV light. Granite is on the other hand, usable both outside and under radiant heat.
In conclusion, both materials are great, but you should determine what your priorities are. Do you want a surface that is very easy to maintain and will be stain free? Or you want a surface that you can put away a hot object on and don’t have to worry about it? In the end, you can’t go wrong with either one of them.
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