27 Sep Should I Choose Quartz Or Granite Countertops?
If you are looking to upgrade your kitchen or just have new countertops installed and cannot decide between quartz or granite, here is some information that may help you decide:
Granite countertops are enormous chunks of stone that are quarried from the ground. Thereafter, they are cut into the familiar countertop shape and polished. Quartz countertops are made up of 93% crushed quartz mixed with 7% resin. They are manufactured in a variety of different colors and patterns.
Benefits And Drawbacks Of Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are more flexible than granite but are just as strong. This makes for an easier installation process. Quartz countertops do not require any sealing because they are non-porous. This means they are a virtually no-maintenance countertop material solution. Although quartz countertops are very durable, they are not considered indestructible. They are stain-resistant so if you spill a glass of wine on them all it requires is a quick cleanup.
A drawback with quartz, that you should definitely take note of, is that they can discolor over time if exposed to direct sunlight. If only a part of your counter receives sunlight while other parts don’t, you may see a color difference over time. Quartz is also heavier than granite and it definitely needs to be professionally installed. Even with professional installation, you can expect to see seams but choosing a slab that is darker in color will minimize the visibility of the seams.
Benefits And Drawbacks Of Granite Countertops
The appearance of granite countertops is not uniform. The slabs of granite come right out of the earth and therefore, are not perfect. Some people view this as a benefit while others consider it a drawback. Unlike quartz, granite countertops need to be sealed before they are used. They will also need to be resealed year after year for the life of the countertop. Because granite is a porous stone, it is stain-resistant only if it has been properly sealed. While some people only seal their granite countertops every three years, it’ is recommended to do it yearly. If the sealant on the counter is compromised, your countertop can become permanently stained.
Like quartz countertops, granite is extremely durable but is not indestructible. It is a large piece of natural rock and, if subjected to heavy abuse, it can break or chip. For normal day-to-day activities and with the proper care and maintenance, granite is a type of countertop that can last a lifetime or longer. Granite countertops require professional installation. It is impossible to hide the seams so they are going to be noticeable.
Professional Countertop Installation
Whether you decide on quartz or granite as your new countertops, you will need to have them professionally installed. H2H design + build has many years of experience installing both types of countertops. Our team of designers and installers can answer any further questions about the differences and benefits of both. We can also help you design the layout of your new kitchen. Give us a call today at 408.288.5372.