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What is difference between Quartz VS Granite?

Time : 2021-12-28 Hits : 25

What is quartz?

Quartz is a manmade stone (an “engineered stone“) constructed from around 93% quartz (a rock-like mineral) and 7% artificial resins, polymers, pigments, and other small pieces. You can find out how it’s made here. Sometimes additives like metal and glass are used to make up the 7% if they give the quartz a certain look.

Because quartz is an engineered stone, it’s easy for stone fabricators to create various different patterns, colors, and styles of quartz depending on what you’re looking for.

If you want an all-white plain kitchen, you could easily cut a quartz countertop in that color. If you want a natural-looking stone-like countertop, quartz could be produced in this way too.

You can really customize your design!

Because of the resin used in its construction, quartz countertops are almost completely non-porous, meaning they don’t let any water, spills, or bacteria inside. This makes them incredibly stain resistant, though you can often expect them to cost a little more money than granite.

What is granite?

Granite is a natural stone found in quarries that occur naturally in the Earth. Granite slabs are removed from quarries, taken to a stone fabrication facility, and then cut and polished to perfection. It’s a bit like how diamonds are made, but on a much larger scale.

Because granite is a natural stone, it’s slightly porous and therefore needs to be “sealed” regularly. Sealing is a process whereby a special liquid called a “granite sealer” is poured onto the surface and allowed to sink in, effectively “plugging up” all the tiny pores in the granite.

However, granite sealing is usually only needed once every 6-12 months.

Granite counters tends to be cheaper than quartz, though very high-end granite can cost a lot of money

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Pros and Cons of Quartz vs Granite Countertops

Quartz

Granite

More consistent patterns and designs

Unique natural patterns with distinctive veining

Easier to repair

Mold & mildew resistant

Easier to maintain

Often cheaper than quartz

Mold & mildew resistant

Burn resistant

Water & stain resistant

Scratch resistant

EXPENSIVE

SLIGHTLY POROUS

NOT AS NATURALLY UNIQUE

HARD TO REPAIR

SEAMS CAN BE OBVIOUS

REGULAR SEALING REQUIRED