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Quartz vs Granite Countertops

Serving Portland OR, Vancouver WA, and the Oregon Coast

Are you shopping for new kitchen counters but not sure if you should choose granite or quartz? While both materials are ideal for kitchen counters, there are many differences between the two. Keep reading to learn which material is right for your budget, style, and overall needs.

How Are Quartz and Granite Different?

Granite is 100% a natural stone. It is quarried from the ground and cut into individual slabs, bearing the unique natural pattern of the rock it was from.

Quartz is a man-made product that consists of natural quartz, resin, and color pigments.

Granite comes in many different colors and patterns. Because of its natural variations no two granite slabs are alike. Some people prefer a natural look while some prefer a more uniform pattern.

Quartz offers the appearance of natural stone but the patterns are entirely synthetic. Homeowners who want to customize their design may prefer this option because they can match it to their home easier.

Granite and quartz countertop installation prices fall in similar ranges, but they both vary by the size and specifics of the project. Installing countertops in smaller kitchens usually costs between $5,000 and $8,000, while larger kitchens usually end up costing between $8,000 and $10,000. We ensure that every potential customer receives an in-person assessment before their quote to deliver an accurate estimate. We do not take on projects that will cost less than $1,250. 

Granite is extremely durable but not indestructible. It’s highly resistant to heat and impervious to cold, but because it is natural stone, it can chip if misused or subjected to a heavy blow. It is generally scratch-resistant. Minor scratches can be repaired.

Quartz is also durable. No sealing is required and they will not stain. Because quartz is an engineered product and more consistent, it is less likely to chip. While it can tolerate average cooking temperatures, extreme and sustained heat or cold can lead to warping, cracking, and  discoloration, which are not easily repaired. They should also not be installed near large windows where they’re exposed to sunlight for hours on end as the sun can impact quartz’s overall appearance.

Granite countertops should be cleaned frequently using soap and water or a mild household cleaner. Always clean up spills to avoid stains. We recommend you re-seal your counters periodically, which is a simple process you can do yourself.

Like granite, quartz countertops should also be cleaned frequently using soap and water or a mild household cleaner. Always clean up spills to avoid stains.

Granite must be quarried, a process that uses high amounts of energy. You should also factor in transportation emissions.

Quartz is often considered to be more environmentally friendly than granite because it is engineered. However, it does require transportation as well.

Which Material is Best for Your Countertops?

Planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel? It’s important to choose the right countertop material for your aesthetic and day-to-day needs. Since both quartz and granite are exceptional options in terms of appearance and durability, it can be challenging to decide which option is right for your home. However, there are a few questions you can ask to determine which material is best for your project:

  • What is my personal style like? Though quartz has a very organic look, the grains are man-made and look more uniform. Meanwhile, granite is a natural material with more variation.
  • What is my budget? Though there is a lot of variation in price depending on the specific colors and patterns you choose, granite tends to have a higher price tag because it is all natural.
  • How much maintenance am I willing to put in? Though both countertop materials are relatively easy to care for, granite requires regular sealing to remain stain and heat resistant.
  • Where is the countertop going to be placed? If your countertop gets a lot of direct sunlight, then you may want to choose granite because quartz has a tendency to warp or discolor as a result of UV exposure. cide

Your Local Countertop Experts

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between quartz and granite, you’re better equipped to make the right decision for your project. Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom or building a new kitchen, choosing the best material for your tastes and lifestyle will ensure you love your final product for years to come. If you’d like more guidance as you make your decision, reach out to the experts at Crowley’s! Our team has years of experience with both materials, so we can advise you and help bring your vision to life. Just give us a call today to get started. 

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5 Star Reviews for Crowley's Granite & Quartz in Tualitin OR

“Crowley’s has installed both kitchen and bath counters for us. We could not be more pleased! Reasonable prices and real construction expertise. From design to template to installation the polite professional and prompt service we received is beyond noteworthy.”


5 Star Reviews for Crowley's Granite & Quartz in Tualitin OR

“Exceptional professionalism every step of the process. On this scale of a project, you want the work done right the first time. Crowley’s delivered!”


5 Star Reviews for Crowley's Granite & Quartz in Tualitin OR

“Crowley’s turnaround was phenomenal and their attention to our edge details was as well. We would highly recommend Crowley’s.”


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