When it comes to custom building or remodeling a kitchen, one of the most difficult decisions will be choosing the countertops. It will be one of the top expenses, next to the cabinets and appliances. Suppose the cabinets are not quite right, or you second-guess the appliances you chose. In that case, those items can easily be returned or exchanged before you install them. However, stone countertops are custom cut to fit your kitchen, so swapping them may be impossible. It is worth your time to do some research and carefully choose before you commit to the purchase. Here are a few quick comparisons between the two most popular choices – granite vs quartz.
How Granite and Quartz are Made
The fundamental difference between the two materials is that granite is a natural stone, and quartz is manufactured. Granite, a very hard, natural stone, is mined from a quarry, cut to the exact size you need, and then polished for a smooth, shiny finish. Because it is a natural stone coming directly out of the earth, granite comes in a limitless selection of colors and patterns that vary worldwide.
While quartz has the look of natural stone, it is actually a manufactured item. While some percentage of quartz is present in most versions, the total product also includes crushed-up granite, marble, and other natural stone. What gives each slab its individuality is the addition of other elements like glass, ceramic, silica, and mirrors. About 10 percent of the content is polymer resins or cement-based binders, which hold all the materials together. This engineered material is heated and shaped into slabs, resulting in a finished product with the hardness and appearance of natural stone. This process allows you to customize the pattern design and colors that will best match your new kitchen.
Durability and Maintenance
Granite is durable and adds value to your home since it does not depreciate. The stone is resistant to heat, so it can handle hot cooking pans in the kitchen. The stone is porous and must be sealed correctly to resist absorbing liquids that will cause stains such as wine, juice, or oil. But a properly sealed granite countertop is sanitary and resists bacterial contamination.
Quartz is harder than granite and even more durable since it is less likely to chip or crack. Because it is not porous and does not require sealing, quartz is easy to keep bacteria-free and stain-free. However, excessive heat can damage quartz, so always place hot cooking pans on pads.
Both granite and quartz are cleaned easily with soap and water or a gentle household cleaner. But with granite, remember that the stone is porous, so oils and acids can stain the stone.
Two Great Choices
Ultimately, your choice of granite or quartz for your new countertops will probably depend on your budget and the availability of the options where you live. These two fantastic countertop options offer design customizations and add value to your home, making it worth the money spent on the kitchen. The professionals at Turnkey Homes, LLC have experience in kitchen design and can help get you started in the right direction. To find out how we can help with your custom-built kitchen or remodel, reach out to us at (920) 470-4315 or contact us through our website at turnkeyhomesllc.com/contact-us.