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Quarts or Granite? February 19, 2016

What Is Your Countertop of Choice?

If you have been thinking about replacing or resurfacing your countertop, then you may have wondered which type of countertop will best fit your needs: quartz or granite. Each has advantages and disadvantages based on your specific needs and wants. It is best to do your homework to find out which is best for you. Learning the pros and cons of quartz versus granite will help in making the best decision on a countertop that will work best for your home.

Granite

Granite countertops are the most popular choice for countertops among consumers. One of the reasons this may be the case is due not only their benefits, but also due to consumers being educated about granite countertops. Granite has been widely available for a longer period of time than other countertop surfaces such as quartz. Granite has many advantages which is why it is a popular choice for homeowners.

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Advantages of granite:

  • Scratch and wear resistant
  • Many choices of colors and patterns
  • Natural stone
  • Adds value to your home
  • Can be repaired if damaged

Disadvantages of granite:

  • Can stain even if sealed when acidic or dark liquids are spilled
  • May chip or crack if an item falls on it
  • Porous material can harbor bacteria
  • Maintenance costs to seal
  • Need to use special cleaners to keep the surface from eroding

Quartz

Quartz countertops became popular is the early 1990’s and have steadily increased in popularity since that time, but are still number two in popularity to granite countertops. Quartz countertops are made of 93% quartz which is a natural occurring mineral, but they are engineered with a mix of polymer resins, unlike granite.

Advantages of quartz:

  • More resistant to cracks and stains than granite countertops
  • Nonporous surface keeps germs and bacteria at bay
  • Mimics the look of natural stone
  • Quartz is the hardest material known to man
  • More available colors and options than granite
  • Does not require sealing

Disadvantages of quartz:

  • Not as heat resistant as granite
  • May be able to see seams
  • More expensive than granite

Granite and quartz countertops both have many advantages. Viewing samples of the countertops will also help when making a decision. Viewing the variety of colors, patterns and styles will assist in deciding which aesthetic will work in your kitchen or outdoor space. Lexmar can assist you in choosing which countertop is best for you.