So, here you are, amidst the final stages of remodeling your home’s kitchen into one that, until recently, was but a dream.
The cabinets are in, the appliances and fixtures are installed, and the perfect paints have been applied. Everything, up to this point, has been to your exact specifications; just as you had envisioned it.
It’s now time to put the finishing touches on this ever-important family space by choosing a material for the countertops.
You’ve worked diligently to purchase your home and wish to turn your hard-kept savings into upgrades that are not only beautiful and unique but, will stand the tests of time and use.
To that end, the two materials best suited to meet your tasteful needs are Quartz and Granite. Both are fantastic, high-end choices but, one is better than the other. And that’s Quartz.
Here are five major differences why.
Granite is a naturally forming stone which has been sourced and extracted from quarry sites the world over for hundreds of years. The process has evolved, becoming easier over time thanks to technology. However, locating, removing, and transporting granite entails using heavy machinery which require a lot of energy to support and significantly add to carbon emission levels.
Quartz, on the other hand, is a manufactured product and it’s fairly new. It’s made by combining left over stone by-products and polymer resins. According to an article from HGTV.com, Quartz is comprised of around 95% ground quartz and the rest, a polymer resin.
The end result is the creation of a superior product using far less energy and resources, all while helping to preserve the environment.
Does it really make the sense to purchase a top-of-the-line product that needs to be treated and maintained as if it were a lesser one?
The answer is quite clear.
Quartz countertops are produced to be:
Granite is none of those things, by itself.
Unlike quartz, granite is a soft, porous stone material. These qualities cause granite countertops to be highly susceptible to chipping and staining. Not much can be done to prevent chipping if a large pot or pan is dropped onto the edge of a granite countertop.
To avoid staining, granite countertops must go through a sealing process. The sealant is absorbed into the stone’s pores and creates a barrier that stops liquids from seeping into the stone.
Avrio Surfaces uses a high-grade sealer which boasts 10 years of protection. However, depending on the porosity of the naturally formed granite, it may be necessary to re-seal every 3-5 years.
This piece by The Spruce gives more insight into this aspect of Quartz’s superiority.
Granite designs are formed randomly, as the stone itself is made through the cooling and solidifying of molten material. This can pose issues when attempting to find enough pieces with the same design.
You’re essentially left hoping that renowned quarry in Italy, for example, has enough similar slabs to accommodate your space. If not, you’ll be send back to the drawing board or you’ll have to come to terms with your kitchen being inconsistent and asymmetric.
The manufacturing process of quartz eliminates these issues entirely; leaving nothing to chance. Quartz is made to have the look of natural stone while allowing the selection, vein matching, and uniformity to be done with ease.
There are thousands of different designs, patterns and color schemes to choose from, carried by reputable quartz brands, for your kitchen countertops. You’ll be able to fully customize your quartz countertops to match your style perfectly. Plus, there will be enough supply to meet your needs, thereby maintaining the continuity of your kitchen as a whole.
This multi-sourced article from House Digest reveals a consensus that Quartz cost is lower, on average, than granite.
Of course, the cost for quartz countertops can meet or exceed granite levels depending on design, brand, and sourced material location.
To that, we feel it’s more than worth it to have your dream kitchen realized knowing the total cost will include all of Quartz’s attributes, which are proven superior to the similarly priced granite.
As the benefits of using quartz have become more evident, it’s being used more regularly, thereby reducing the cost even more. All the more reason to add your personal touches to your countertops.
Let’s not forget the environmental factor mentioned earlier, either. The benefits of conserving our planet and its atmosphere trumps any minimal savings that could be gleamed from purchasing granite countertops for your home’s surfaces. HGTV.com gives further details here.
Due to the fact that granite forms naturally, there can be inherent structural flaws making it prone to cracking or splitting.
The resin material added during the fabrication of quartz slabs creates a uniform structure throughout, which means it rarely cracks. Also, manufactured quartz is harder and more durable than granite – making it nearly indestructible – except to extreme heat.
Quartz’s UV resistance and composition means your impeccable colors and designs won’t fade or lose their luster over time due to the sun’s nourishing rays.
Read what Academy Marble and Granite wrote more about this key difference.
Quartz and granite are both exquisite, luxury stone materials that have the ability to transform any home’s countertops and surfaces from “okay” to “incredible.”
When these two are compared, side by side, quartz reigns supreme across the board of important factors. “Out with the old and in with the new”, is the appropriate philosophy to have in this case.
If you want a luxury product that looks like the most expensive and rare stone, is made more cheaply, is stronger and more resilient, needs to be minimally maintained, can be extensively customized, is eco-friendly, and will last several lifetimes, your answer is undoubtedly Quartz.
You, your family, and your home are more than worth it.
Here’s to your hard fought efforts and well-deserved rewards!