What is the difference between quartz and granite?
Granite and quartz are two of the most popular materials used for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. While both materials offer durability and aesthetic appeal, there are some key differences between them. Here are some of the main differences between granite and quartz countertops:
Composition: Granite is a natural stone that is composed of minerals such as feldspar, mica, and quartz. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are made from engineered stone that is composed of 90% quartz and 10% resin and pigments.
Appearance: Granite is a natural stone and each slab is unique, so the appearance can vary significantly between slabs. Quartz countertops are engineered and can be made to have a more uniform appearance. Additionally, quartz countertops can be made to mimic the look of natural stone or other materials.
Maintenance: Both granite and quartz countertops are durable and easy to clean, but granite requires more maintenance than quartz. Granite needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining and damage from acidic substances. Quartz, on the other hand, does not require sealing.
Durability: Both granite and quartz are highly durable materials, but granite is more prone to chipping and cracking due to its natural fissures and veins. Quartz is more resistant to chipping and cracking because it is an engineered stone.
Cost: Granite is generally less expensive than quartz, but the price can vary depending on the quality and rarity of the stone. Quartz is more expensive than granite but can be less expensive than hi
gh-end granite varieties.
Ultimately, the choice between granite and quartz countertops depends on personal preference and specific needs. Granite offers natural beauty and affordability, while quartz provides a more uniform appearance and requires less maintenance.
Contact the Integrity Stone team to discuss what would be best for your home project.