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Quartz vs Granite Countertops

Serving Portland OR | Beaverton OR | Vancouver WA

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.

Granite

Quartz

Material

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.

Appearance

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.

Cost

The average granite countertop installation project costs around $8,500 to $9,000.

The average quartz countertop installation project costs around $8,500 to$9,000, assuming a premium brand of quartz is being used.

Durability

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.

Maintenance

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.

Environmental Impact

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.

Material

Granite

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

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

Apperance

Granite

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

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.

Cost

Granite

The average granite countertop installation project costs around $8,500 to $9,000.

Quartz

The average quartz countertop installation project costs around $8,500 to$9,000, assuming a premium brand of quartz is being used.

Durability

Granite

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

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.

Maintenance

Granite

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.

Quartz

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.

Environmental Impact

Granite

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

Quartz

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

Countertop Experts

Now that you have a better understanding of quartz and granite, you’re better equipped to make the right decision. If you’d like more guidance, discuss your kitchen countertop vision with Crowley’s. We’ll help you come up with an affordable countertop design that meets your needs.

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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.”

Glenn

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!”

Craig

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.”

Margaret

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