Is Quartz Better Than Granite?
When it comes to countertops, there are many materials, but none are quite so durable as granite and quartz. What’s the difference? Is Quartz better than Granite for countertops? Do quartz countertops stain? What is the average price for granite countertops installed? We’ll give you the facts and let you decide what you think.
Natural or Manmade?
Quartz countertops are actually manmade whereas granite is 100 percent natural. Mined from a quarry, granite is sliced and polished to become a counter for your home. Also mined, quartz is crushed and then reformed into a durable surface through the use of polymer resins.
We thought we’d check with experts on this one. According to Consumer Reports, both granite and quartz deserve excellent ratings for heat resistance, cutting and abrasion. Testers tried sharpened steak knives attached to a special rig which hit the countertops 25 times. The same testers dropped a weighted saucepan that had been heated to four hundred degrees and contained heated oil. They even used 100-grit sandpaper to try and rough the surface. In every case, there was little evident wear. Now that’s tough.
Colorfast or Easily Stained?
Consumer Reports testing showed that the two materials are equally resistant to many different substances. They did give a higher rating to quartz when it came to food coloring or beet juice.
Quartz countertops can be quite unique. The fact that they are manmade allows for distinctive colors to be added. You can get quartz that looks like marbled stone or that matches your color scheme.
On the other hand, granite has a one-of-a-kind look. Granite’s unique color patterns are made as molten materials cool and solidify. You may find yourself building your kitchen around your countertops’ color palette.
According to the experts at HGTV, quartz countertops start out cheaper than granite. For instance, the least expensive quartz might be $1,500 while granite might run $2,000. However, the two meet in the middle and then quartz becomes more expensive. The most expensive granite might top out at $4,000 while quartz may run as much as $5,500. In either case, professional installation is a must.
According to Consumer Reports, more contractors and home owners are choosing quartz. This means it is more likely to improve home values. This may account for the price difference.
If price is your concern, you should definitely get quotes from Peeks staff. You can compare your choices and see which one actually saves you money.
Final Analysis: Is Quartz Better than Granite?
Well, we have to defer to your opinion. We like them both. If you are going with traditional materials, granite may be the most logical choice. If you demand a modern look, quartz can be rendered in contemporary, monotone colors.
Tell us what you think and let us show you what’s available. Peeks offers quartz countertops, granite countertops, and professional installation.