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How To Decide Between Granite & Quartz Countertops

July 10, 2018

Granite Countertops
Aaron Crowley

Published by Aaron Crowley

If you’re thinking of replacing your old kitchen countertops, granite and quartz are probably on your list of options – and you aren’t alone.

Homeowners lean toward these materials for many reasons, but the visual appeal they give to a space and the resale value boost they give to a home are the main driving factors behind the popularity of these materials.

Granite and quartz are both elegant and durable, making them a sound investment. Deciding between the two, however, requires we dive a bit deeper than those surface traits.

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Think Of Your Personal Style

Are you looking for elegant and organic, or sleek and uniform? It’s something to consider when choosing your new countertops.

After all, you will be using your kitchen to cook, eat, clean and socialize, so you want to feel comfortable and happy with your purchase!

Granite and quartz surfaces are both beautiful. But granite is 100 percent natural, which means each slab will be unique, containing swirls of minerals and flashes of mica that give it depth, interest, and movement.

Quartz is also beautiful, and because it’s man-made stone, patterns and coloring are normally quite uniform, making it the perfect choice for those who crave continuity and precision.

Don’t Forget To Consider Your Lifestyle

Do you cook often? Is your counter an extension of your stove? Do you have a tendency to knock things over? The answers to these questions can help you choose the right material for your lifestyle.

For example, because quartz is man made from crushed quartz and resin, it is more stain-resistant than granite, which requires regular sealing. Conversely, quartz can be far more sensitive to sun and, if left in long periods of direct sunlight, can warp or discolor over time.

What About Your Budget?

Both materials are comparable and will more than earn their cost back through their beauty, durability, and the bump felt in the home’s resale value.

Granite sometimes runs slightly higher than quartz, but they’re competitive. However, this all depends on the product you purchase. There are less expensive options in both products, but remember, you usually get what you pay for.

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How Much Maintenance Are You Willing To Put In?

As noted above, quartz doesn’t require regular sealing because it’s non-porous. However, there are some newer quartz designs that do require some sealing, though still far less frequently than granite.

Granite, on the other hand, is more porous, which means it needs to be periodically sealed to keep it from absorbing that spilled coffee or wine.

Cleaning of either material is quick and easy using warm, soapy water or these Crowley’s-approved cleaners.

We know there’s a lot to consider when making the choice between granite or quartz for your new countertops, and we’ve only scratched the surface. A kitchen remodel is a big step, and you want to make the right choice.

At Crowley’s, we want to help you make the most informed decision you can. If you’re thinking of replacing your old, tired counters with the beauty and style of either granite or quartz, download and keep our handy Granite & Quartz Material Guide for quick reference.

Or, if you’ve already made your decision, contact us for a quote.

Download Free Granite & Quartz Material Guide

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