Are you looking to upgrade your countertops? This can be such a fun and exciting part of the remodeling process. Whether you are looking to upgrade your bathroom or kitchen countertops, the material selection is extremely diverse. However, this is where a prevalent dilemma makes its nest. Too many options can often lead to stress and an overwhelming feeling. The most common quandary is choosing specifically between a quartz or granite countertop. So, who are you? Are you team quartz or team granite? Or, you may be asking yourself Is one really better than the other?
We are here to the rescue with a clear breakdown of the two most controversial countertop materials. Will you select granite or will it be quartz? … Hopefully, our guide on choosing quartz or granite countertops will inspire you to make the ultimate decision needed to complete your dream renovation.
What is Granite?
Granite is a very hard granular and crystalline rock with a coarse – medium grain. Granite is the most common igneous rock on Earth and is mainly used to make countertops. Granite countertops started taking off in the 1970s, and although granite was used in luxury homes since the 1920s, it became the most popular choice in home builds/remodels later into the ’70s. Granite is still a popular choice when it comes to upgrading countertops, and will always offer timeless value to any home.
The typical cost of granite countertops ranges from $50-$200 per square foot. The average homeowner will spend roughly $3,250 on upgrading their countertops with granite material. Overall, the color, texture, and pattern of the granite slab will determine the final price. Note- this does not include labor costs. It is important to work with a professional contractor to get the best bid on the installment cost when upgrading your bathroom or kitchen countertops.
The options are endless when choosing granite countertops for your bathroom or kitchen remodel. Granite offers a wide variety of slabs consisting of different textures, grains, patterns, and colors. There are over 20 shades of granite to work with, so there is no doubt that you will find one that blends perfectly with your kitchen. This is why granite remains one of the top sellers and choices when selecting a countertop. If you are going for a clean, sleek, and modern look choosing a granite with a small grain and light aesthetic could be for you. Check out one of our favorite granite styles above! Such a gorgeous and luxurious selection!
We’ve established that granite countertops offer a high-quality appeal and can take a kitchen to the next level aesthetically. However, you may be wondering about the longevity of the stone. In other words, will granite stand the test of time? The answer is yes. Granite can be very resistant to stains and due to its hard substance, it is not susceptible to scratches, dents, or marks.
Granite is a great option for someone who uses their kitchen well as it resists heat and can be optimal for someone who uses their stove often or places a hot pan down every now and then. A skilled professional can ensure appropriate installment so you do not have to worry about damage over time with a proper seal.
Cons To Granite Countertops
Overall, you cannot go wrong with selecting granite countertops when upgrading your bathroom or kitchen. However, there are some things to consider. For all its beauty and durability, granite is porous. This means that if your countertops are not sealed properly or routinely, your countertops may absorb stains easily. This scenario also allows the growth of bacteria to arise
on your countertops or within its pores. We recommend you hire a good professional to seal your granite countertops well the first time and routinely once-twice a year after that.
What is Quartz?
Quartz is a 100% natural stone made up of a hard crystalline mineral composed of silica. Quartz has been used widely throughout the world for centuries. It is used to make jewelry, sharpening tools, glassmaking, and the one we are all familiar with… countertops!
The price of quartz varies and is often the most flexible when it comes to bathroom or kitchen countertops. Because you can purchase quartz in a larger, single slab, it offers a decent range in price. Typically quartz will range anywhere from $40-$120 per square foot. If you are on a budget, there are often discounted slabs with slight discoloration at reasonable prices. Quartz is
generally less expensive than granite. However, it truly depends on the style and design you are looking for.
I think we can all safely agree that quartz countertops are luxurious. Unlike other materials quartz has a glassy, almost three dimensional look to it. This offers a sleek aesthetic and is on-trend in the home and remodel realm. There are over 250 colors and patterns to choose from. This makes quartz a hot commodity for those who are upgrading their kitchen or bathroom countertops. Whether you are going for a more solid countertop, speckled, or one with veins, quartz has it covered. Check out some of our favorite selections below!
If I haven’t already won you over with quartz countertops, then this should seal the deal! Quartz countertops are the cream of the crop when it comes to durability. This hard material will withstand your children; I repeat, they will withstand your children! The lifespan of quartz will last for the life of your home and because it is not porous like granite, it is easy to keep
bacteria-free, and less likely to become discolored. Quartz is an excellent option for those who have children and use their kitchen daily.
Although quartz countertops are more durable than granite, they do lack the ability to hold heat
as well. However, placing a pot holder under your hot pan before placing it onto your countertop
is always ideal no matter the material you have. The main downside of quartzite if you decide to
choose a lighter color, time, your countertop may draw a yellow or discolored tint. This is due to
using the wrong cleaning products or the resins used in the manufacturing process. This is not a
common occurrence, but, it is something to take into consideration
Whatever you do, do not stress! You truly cannot go wrong with a beautiful granite countertop or a stunning quartz countertop for your bathroom or kitchen renovation. As we have shared above, both countertop materials offer intricate benefits and will stand the test of time. Ultimately, this decision comes down to preference. Do you go with a countertop that is more
durable but potentially more costly, such as quartz? Or do you go with a countertop that offers flexibility in price and selection, like granite? No matter the choice, we strongly recommend seeking professional help in the installment process!