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Granite vs. Quartz: Know Which is Better for Your Kitchen Countertop

January 31, 2020

Your kitchen is perhaps the most essential place in your home since it is the place where we usually prepare and cook our meals for our families. So, renovating it every once in awhile motivates us to experiment and explore other cuisines just to satisfy the cravings of our family members. Making sure that our kitchen is clean and eye-catching is a must because even our friends and neighbours would look at our kitchen first as it somehow summarizes the way we do things around the house.

One important aspect of our kitchen is the countertop. The countertop serves as an area where we do our daily meal preparation and cooking. We even clean it every day so that our food and all the tools that we use will not be contaminated by harmful germs and bacteria.

There are two materials that are mostly used in creating kitchen countertops. One is granite, while the other material is quartz. These materials have certain characteristics that make them unique to each other.

Properties of Granite

If you have a kitchen that has a lot of space, then a countertop made from granite is the best for you. Granite is usually mined as large slabs that are purely made from 100% natural stone. Moreover, you can choose from over a hundred shades or colours for your granite countertop, allowing you to be creative when it comes to this part of your kitchen. 

In addition to the mentioned properties, granite as a material can withstand any weathering or damaging elements. So, if you will be using one for your countertop, expect it to last for a long time. It is also resistant to stain and will not soak up liquids. However, this resistance will only work if the countertop is sealed properly.

To retain stain resistance for a long time, it is a must that you reseal it once a year. Without resealing, your countertop will start to stain and absorb bacteria and germs. Also, replacing a large countertop requires you different slabs of granite to finish the job. The joining seams are also quite visible when replacing some part of your countertop. Lastly, beware of dropping heavy items on the countertop as they can chip and crack it easily.

Properties of Quartz

Unlike granite, quartz is a human-made material. Countertops out of quartz are made up of crushed quartz mixed with resin and colour additives. You can also be creative with this material since it has a wide variety of colours and patterns. It also has a lot of variation when it comes to texture. Plus, a quartz countertop is stronger than a granite countertop. So, chipping and cracking won’t be a problem for you.

A lot of people are using quartz countertops because of their easy maintenance. A quartz countertop doesn’t need to be sealed for them to handle stains. In daily usage, kitchens with quartz countertop can pretty much handle oil, tomato, wine, coffee, juice, and other products that can stain materials. In fact, wiping a quartz countertop down can clean it right away. 

Just like granite, the joining seams of quartz can also be seen when replacing your countertop. However, using darker quartz can mostly hide the seams. As for the colours and finish, a quartz countertop may find it difficult to look natural since it is made synthetically. 

The pricing options for both granite and quartz may be subjective. But in general, quartz would yield a higher price range since it is synthetic. If you have more questions about these two materials, don’t hesitate to contact us now at DM Cabinets.

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