Imagine this, you want to remodel your kitchen, but you only have enough saved to renew your countertops. After much consideration, you may have narrowed it down to either granite or quartz countertops. However, this is a difficult decision to know which one you really want and which one you really need. There are many false ideas out there about granite and quartz, with this article we will tell you exactly what you can expect from each of them and what are the pros and cons of quartz and granite countertops to help you in your final decision. Let’s begin with Quartz countertops for your kitchen renovation.
QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS PROS AND CONS
Quartz is a mineral and one of the most abundant on our planet. These countertops are human-made and come in a wide variety of colours and patterns as they 100% synthetic.
Quartz countertops are made up of crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of 93% quartz material to 7% resin binder and color additives. They are manufactured in a variety of different patterns and colors which gives you a lot more options than with granite.
Quartz can look like they’re straight from Nature, however quartz is actually crushed and blended with resin or other kinds of binding agents. The finished stone appears to be rich and natural.
Many people are encouraged by the fact that quartz countertops don’t require any maintenance. One of the biggest benefits that quartz has is it doesn’t need to be sealed and it’s stainless. Quartz countertops can handle oil, tomato, wine, coffee, juice and many other products. Plus, you know that your countertops will be clean when you wipe it down as quartz doesn’t hold viruses or bacteria.
It may be hard to believe, but quartz is heftier than granite -and that’s saying a lot! When you’re looking at which one chips easier, quartz is a bit more flexible so it’s the stronger of the two.
Quartz seams are still obvious. A good way to hide seams is to select darker quartz for your countertops plus it gives you a great contemporary, clean look. If the chosen quartz has many patterns or colors, it could be a bit trickier to hide the seam though.
Quartz has less natural beauty compared to granite. Many of the quartz manufacturers are trying desperately to come up with colors that look more like the natural look of granite, but many fail miserably.
But how expensive is a quartz countertop? Compared to granite, quartz is generally going to cost you a bit more because it’s man-made and the price in controlled by the manufacturer (as opposed to buying raw material). Typically, quartz will cost you about $70-$130 per square foot.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS PROS & CONS
Each slab of granite is totally unique. This is because granite is mined as single, large slabs that are 100% natural stone and no two sheets are alike. Some colors of Granite can come in jumbo slab sizes for use on large island cabinetry. This is a benefit because you don’t need to put an unsightly seam in the center of your kitchen. If you have a large island or spacious kitchen, granite may be the answer to avoid seams.
There are many shades/colors of granite slabs to choose from and they’re beautiful and impressive to look at; many people consider the imperfections to be what makes granite so special. It can even become the focal point of your kitchen.
In general, granite stands up to normal use quite well although it can dull your knife blades. Keep in mind that we do not recommend using granite countertops as cutting boards.
Granite can be used outdoors. Because it a natural mineral granite is built to withstand the elements. It won’t weather or fade because of exposure to the sun. When granite is correctly sealed by a professional, your granite countertops won’t soak up liquids and is stain-resistant.
Granite has a wide range of pricing. While your most inexpensive, low-end granite will run you about $60 per square foot, you must be careful of hidden fees. However, if you’re considering exotic, high-quality granite, you could shell out as much as $150-$175 per square foot!
If you’re going to replace a large countertop, you’ll need a few different slabs to finish the job and it’ll be impossible (or very difficult) to make the joining seams invisible. A professional will be able to make inconspicuous cuts and make the seam color correspond to the granite as much as possible; but if you search for the seams, they’ll be very evident.
Granite, by nature, is absorbent. If your granite countertops aren’t properly sealed, it could absorb oil, wine and juice which will create a stain that you won’t be able to get rid of. In addition, improperly sealed granite will hold bacteria. You should plan to reseal your granite countertops once a year; if you don’t the countertops will quickly begin to show evidence of staining and let’s not consider the health risks associated with dirty granite.
Granite countertops are tough and long-lasting but, while it’s uncommon, if a heavy item like a frying pan is dropped on the countertop’s corner the granite could chip or crack.
Granite tends to have a lot of variation in the tone and texture. Depending on your taste, you may not like this variation. In the past five years, monotone colors have become more popular and this limits the use of granites in modern kitchen designs.
Now that you have read all the pros and cons of quartz and granite countertops you can make an informed decision. If you’re still having trouble deciding or would like more information, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help you select the countertop that will work best for your next kitchen renovation.