Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Pros & Cons to help find the right fit

By: Nicole Patri

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Installing new countertops is a big commitment and we want you to make the best selection for your needs.  You may be asking yourself what the similarities and differences of granite and quartz countertops are? Figuring out what is important to you is crucial to narrowing down your countertop search.

Granite countertops are some of the most aesthetically pleasing countertops you can find on the market today. Quartz (also called granite composite) is made of crushed quartz, stone dust, and acrylic resin. Some popular brands/manufacturers of quartz colors are: Silestone, Ceasrstone, Cambria, and LG.

Granite is purely a natural stone combined with the allure of rarity. The price difference ranges can be anywhere between 5 to 10 times less than granite.

Unlike granite, quartz can be customized to your design needs. They can be shaped how you like and color customized. If you pick granite, your countertops are sure to be one-of-a-kind… because they are. Granite is also heat resistant because of its natural properties, so you can put the hot plates anywhere. Quartz matches up well and is also heat resistant. However, the fillers used in quartz are not which makes it more susceptible to heat damage. Granite retains its integrity when exposed to high temperatures.

Granite Pro V Con

Pure granite must be sealed properly once a year to protect from scratching and stains. Quartz does not require sealing. Quartz is made for indoor use and exposure to direct UV light over time can affect the quality of color. Quartz is non-porous which makes it more sanitary because they are easier to clean than granite. Granite is naturally occurring and is more porous, so it needs to be more meticulously sanitized- but it is possible!

Granite is often more expensive than quartz and requires more effort to keep the stone in great condition. Granite is beautiful, one-of-a-kind, and timeless. Quartz is great for your wallet and is much more low maintenance. The decision of your countertops is wholly up to you, we pride ourselves in giving our clients the most information possible and the best information possible. Now, what is the best choice for you granite or quartz countertops? 

Quartz Pro V Con

If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information, Contact Almar: http://www.almarbuilding.com (781-826-2577) and watch our videos: http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding

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 Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third-generation family owned and operated company for over 60 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns. Quartz vs. Granite Countertops