Granite vs. Quartz: How to Choose the Right Countertop For Your Home
If you’re preparing to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, you may be overwhelmed by the dizzying array of choices in countertop materials. Many homeowners desire the look offered by granite and quartz, but have difficulty determining the best option. The key is to evaluate your choices in light of your individual lifestyle and design preferences.
Both granite and quartz are considered extremely durable materials and can be expected to last a lifetime. Both materials offer the classic look of stone and fit well with many different types of design and decor. Another common feature is that both granite and quartz are heavy materials and require installation from a trained professional.
Differences in Granite and Quartz
Understanding the key differences in granite and quartz will help you make the ideal countertop selection for your home.
Granite is natural stone taken out of the ground in large blocks and then cut into slabs. This means granite will have slight, natural variations between each piece. Many homeowners like that they will have a unique countertop that will not be exactly replicated in any other home. Color choices in granite range from earth tones, to blues, greens, and roses.
Quartz is an engineered stone that uses quartz crystals mixed with resin and color pigments. Quartz is available in a wider array of colors since pigment is added to the quartz to create color. Unlike granite, quartz is uniform in appearance.
Maintenance & Durability
Quartz is nonporous, so it naturally resists staining and will not harbor bacteria or viruses. It it also less likely than granite to chip or crack if a heavy object is dropped on it. With normal everyday use, it is uncommon for either granite or quartz to crack and chip.
Granite must be sealed, preferably every year. However, when sealed properly, the sealant will repel stains and resist bacteria growth.
Granite naturally has the ability to tolerate hot pans in the kitchen or hot hair appliances in the bathroom. Quartz is not as heat resistant as granite, so homeowners need to exercise more caution with hot pots and pans, as well as curling irons or hair straighteners.
Visit a Local Showroom to View Samples
If you want to learn more about the best countertop options for your project or view samples of granite and quartz, visit or call Signature Flooring in Mebane, NC, at 919-304-3010. We offer complete remodeling services — from free consultations with our sales and design team — to installation of countertops, floors, and more.