Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Our Guide
Quartz and granite countertops have similarities and they certainly have differences. Throughout this post, we’ll be discussing both and do our best to educate our readers on the benefits of either material. Here at Emerald Granite Works, we’re all about customer service and satisfaction. Within this brief, yet informative guide, our team expects you to have a better understanding of the differences between granite and quartz. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions!
The Composition of Quartz & Granite
The primary difference between quartz and granite when it comes down to composition is the fact granite is a natural stone, and quartz can be engineered to appear a certain way. The nice thing about every single piece of granite is it’s unique. There are no two copies of real granite countertops. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind look and feel with your countertops, you’ll want to choose granite over quartz. If you’re the type to want a consistent look throughout your kitchen, bathroom, or bar area; you’ll want to lean more towards quartz. Quartz countertops offer this consistency throughout each slab.
The Appearance of Quartz vs. Granite
A natural stone appearance is what granite countertops are all about. If you’re seeking out a more streamlined, direct appearance; you’ll want to select a quartz countertop. Quartz countertops can also be outfitted to go along with specific interior designs much more so than natural granite countertops. The choice is ultimately yours.
The Cost of Quartz vs. Granite
The cost of quartz is noticeably cheaper in most cases, yet if your heart is set on granite; you’ll probably be okay with added costs. It all comes down to personal preferences and what works best with your home’s design. Whichever material you end up choosing, you’ll be satisfied with the quality of both the countertops and our customer service here at Emerald Granite Works!
Neither are Fitted for DIY Installation
If you’re thinking about doing a DIY installation of your granite or quartz countertops, you’re in for a rough surprise. Not only are both countertops extremely heavy and difficult to maneuver, if you don’t have the experience our team possesses, you may run the risk of improperly installing your quartz or granite countertops. At this point, why bother trying to do it yourself when you’re paying a premium for your quartz or granite countertops? You may run the risk of accidentally dropping them on the floor, or worse; injuring yourself attempting to properly install your new countertops. It’s simply not worth it. Let us handle what we do best!
Durability Factors of Quartz & Granite
Granite is slightly porous and will require consistent maintenance over the course of its lifetime. Granite must be sealed, and possibly resealed throughout the duration of residing within your kitchen, bathroom, or bar. It may also be prone to natural deterioration after an extended period of time due to its natural composition. This natural composition may cause some granite slabs to be more susceptible to cracking. A major benefit of granite is it can withstand heat much more so than quartz. Again, it all comes down to weighing the positives and negatives of quartz versus granite.
Quartz on the other hand is typically much more resistant to cracking and decaying over time thanks in large part to its resin-based formula and uniformity throughout. When countertops have consistency throughout their design, the way quartz does, it is inherently much more resistant to splitting and cracking as time goes on. Additionally, quartz may be less likely to harbor bacterial growth thanks to its less porous surface.
Potential for Real Estate Valuation Increases
Both granite and quartz countertops may bring up your home’s value, as they’re both considered higher-end materials. Everyone likes a modern, clean kitchen or bathroom. Renovating your home with high-quality countertops from Emerald Granite Works is a great choice if you’re looking to add value to your home.
Choosing Emerald Granite Works for Your Quartz or Granite Countertops
Whether you’re interested in quartz or granite countertops, you’ll want to give us a call at: 512-588-4459. If you’d like to send us a message, feel free to do so using the button below and we’ll be sure to respond within one business day. We look forward to hearing from you soon and we’re eager to begin working to revitalize your kitchen or bathroom countertops!