Granite and quartz countertops are both popular choices for home and commercial surfaces, but they have some key differences. The three major differences between them are:
Granite is a natural stone composed primarily of quartz, feldspar, and other minerals. It is formed by the slow cooling and crystallization of molten rock (magma) deep within the earth’s crust. Each slab of granite is unique, with varying patterns and colors resulting from its mineral composition.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are engineered products made from crushed quartz crystals (around 90-93%) and a small percentage of resin binder (around 7-10%). Pigments and other additives may be included to achieve a variety of colors and patterns.
Consistency and Appearance:
Due to its natural origin, granite slabs can have significant variations in color, pattern, and texture. This inconsistency can be desirable for those seeking a unique look, but it may also make it challenging to match slabs for larger projects.
Quartz countertops offer a more consistent appearance, as they are engineered with a controlled manufacturing process. This means you can expect a more uniform pattern and color throughout the surface. Quartz countertops can also be made to mimic the appearance of other natural stones, like marble or granite, or customized with unique colors and patterns.
Porosity and Maintenance:
Granite is a porous material, which means it can absorb liquids and is susceptible to staining if not properly sealed. To maintain a granite countertop, it should be sealed periodically (every 1-2 years, depending on usage) to prevent staining and bacterial growth.
Quartz countertops are non-porous due to the resin binder used in their manufacturing process. This makes them more resistant to staining and bacterial growth, without the need for periodic sealing like granite. Quartz surfaces are generally easier to maintain, requiring only regular cleaning with mild soap and water.
For more information about and help with making your decision, contact us today.