Quartz and Granite Countertops Offer Different Benefits and Drawbacks

At Surface Source Design Center, we know that both quartz and granite make excellent countertops. We also know that they provide different benefits and drawbacks, and we would like to compare quartz vs. granite tops with you here.

Granite countertops are quarried in the form of huge chunks of stone from the earth. They are then cut to size and polished into actual countertops in the shape and size required. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are made from crushed quartz that is mixed with resin to create a material that is 93% quartz and 7% resin. 
Benefits and Drawbacks of Quartz 
Quartz is non-porous and, therefore, does not need to be sealed. As a result, they provide a no-maintenance countertop with easy soap and water clean up. 

Quartz countertops are slightly stronger than granite which makes them easier to deal with during fabrication and installation. They are extremely durable and are scratch and stain resistant. 

Color consistency is another plus with quartz.  Because the material is manufactured, the designs can meet any customer’s style from contemporary to traditional, casual to formal.  This can also be a drawback because some homeowners like the natural movement and one of a kind look of granite.

With the popularity of outdoor kitchens, a drawback is that quartz can become discolored over time when exposed to direct sunlight.  For this reason, quartz is not recommended for outdoor use.   

Benefits and Drawbacks of Granite
Granite slabs are seldom uniform because nature made them. For some people, this is what makes granite stand out.  Color and design variations make it important to view the slabs to ensure you get what you like! 

Granite countertops need to be sealed before use and again each year over their lifetime. Without sealing, this porous material will not be stain resistant.  Don’t let this scare you off – it is an quick and easy application.  

Surface Source Design Center has an excellent selection of both materials in our Belton, TX showroom.   We can help you select the best product for your lifestyle, design style and budget.