Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

There are few design elements during a kitchen remodel that generate as much debate as which countertop material is better. People feel passionately about granite and quartz. For natural stone devotees, granite wins out over quartz because it’s 100% natural stone whereas quartz is about 95% natural. But, aside from purity, is one really better than the other? Before you answer that question, keeping reading to learn more about the differences.

Appearance

  • Granite: Available in a limitless selection of pattern and color, so no two slabs are ever alike.
  • Quartz: Customizable colors makes it easier to find the color you want for your kitchen.

Cost

Eco-friendly Factor

  • Granite: This natural stone is quarried, which means a lot of energy is used to get the stone. Also, if the slab comes from Italy or another country, there’s the energy costs associated with transportation.
  • Quartz: Because quartz is engineered, the eco factor is lower, especially if you have the materials made locally.

Maintenance

  • Granite: Countertops need resealing once a year and should be cleaned daily with a mild household cleaner. Granite is not resistant to some oil and acid stains.
  • Quartz: These countertops need daily washing with soap and water, but they don’t need resealing like granite.

Durability

  • Granite: This material is heat-resistant but can be damaged if something hard is dropped on it. Also, as a porous material, you want to wipe up spills right away to prevent stains.
  • Quartz: More durable than granite, quartz is nearly indestructible. However, the material is susceptible to heat damage at excessive temperatures. Always use hot pads.

Whether you’re team granite or team quartz, at Eastside Design Group, we want to help you design a beautiful kitchen space that reflects your home’s personality. When you work with one of our designers, we’ll walk you through the selection process and answer all your questions about natural stone countertops and engineered options. Our goal is to help our Seattle and Puget Sound customers find materials for their remodeling projects that are within their budget without sacrificing quality or beauty. When you want to work with a design group that offers a comprehensive selections of luxury countertops, flooring, and other products, look no farther than Eastside Design Group. To contact our countertop division, call us at (425) 453-5353 or visit us online at https://www.eastsidedesigngroup.com to learn more about all of our services.

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