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Quartz vs Granite Countertops: The Complete Comparison
If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. YeYang research says that for most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces, often for durability and easy cleaning, according to the 2017China YeYang Kitchen Trends Study. If you, too, have whittled it down to granite or quartz, here’s a quick way to learn all about Them.
Granite—a natural stone—is indeed 100% natural as it is quarried directly from the earth in large blocks. These blocks are then sliced into slabs and polished on one side at the quarry before being shipped to the broker or fabricator. Fabricators cut shapes from the slabs according to your countertop specifications. They then profile and polish the edges.
Quartz, on the other hand, is an “engineered” stone, meaning a manufacturing plant uses various grades and sizes of quartz crystals and mixes them with resin and pigment (for color) in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin (yes, we’ll still refer to quartz as natural stone, but it’s not as natural as granite). Fabricators create quartz countertops in much the same way as they do granite countertops: by cutting the shapes from the slab and then profiling and polishing the edges.
Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to aesthetics…
This is personal choice only. Don’t let anyone else tell you which one looks better. There are some very beautiful brands that make quartz like Caesarstone and Cambria.
If you’re looking at a painting and absolutely love it and then someone else comes along and tells you how bad it is, you’ll still love the painting despite the bad critique. The same goes for quartz versus granite.
They both make lovely countertops and there is going to be one that grabs your fancy more than the other. It’s just human nature and you’ll have to decide for yourself which one you prefer the best.
Some people like the look of granite more than quartz because it has a natural earthy aspect to it. Others prefer the sleek uniform look of quartz. The great news is that you can never go wrong by choosing either one!
Which is stronger?
Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet; significantly stronger than granite. However, just because granite isn’t as strong doesn’t mean it’s a wimpy choice either.
Which stone is easier to clean?
It’s a tie.Both are easy to clean, but granite is more prone to staining than quartz, since natural stone is porous, and quartz is not. Warm soap and water will get the job done on either surface. The better question is…
When it comes to The indoor air quality of your home
There has been a lot of concern about the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be present in either quartz or granite counters. Quartz countertops are comprised of approximately 90% quartz and 10% epoxy binder (resin) and acrylic. This means that most quartz tops have more VOCs than countertops made of granite. On the other hand, some granite slabs contain radon in very low levels. For the most part though, both of those countertops are considered safe for indoor use.
Which Is More Expensive?
Quartz: Let’s talk installation costs so that we can get a realistic, final price. Quartz has historically been more expensive than granite, but times have changed, technology has improved and now the discussion is not so cut-and-dry. Quartz generally runs from about $65-$100 per square foot installed. So your average quartz countertop of, say, 40 square feet will run from $2,600-$4,000.
Granite: Granite comes in a much wider variety of pricing. Your cheapest, lowest quality granite can be installed for $30 per square foot (although these low-end quotes have a tendency of incurring unseen costs). But high end, rare or exotic granite can run upward of $150 per square foot, though it should be noted that the average cost of installed granite is around $60 per square foot, making it slightly less expensive than quartz.
Which stone is easier to maintain?
Quartz wins this one, hands down. Not to say that granite is a nightmare – you just need to seal it once a year – but quartz requires zero maintenance. Keep your counters clean, and they will take care of you.
So, Who Wins?
So what do truly “objective” sources have to say in the debate between granite and quartz? Every year, Consumer Reports puts out an issue that ranks kitchen countertop materials. Quartz and granite are always neck-and-neck.
The one that you find the most aesthetically pleasing, fits into your budget and highlights the mood and ambiance you are trying to create in your kitchen. Because when it comes down to it, there really is no wrong choice. There’s just personal preference.
Can't decide between the two? Completely understandable. You should call YeYang.