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Choosing Between Granite And Quartz Kitchen Countertops

If you want to replace the old laminate countertops in your home with natural stone, then you will need to decide between granite and quartz. While both stone choices will look wonderful installed and will last for many years, each type of stone does have its unique characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages.

Here is the information you need to make this important choice for your kitchen remodel:

Characteristics of Granite Stone

Granite countertops are made out of a boulder that is quarried out of the ground. The large granite boulders are slabbed with a large saw into sections that are used for countertops. Since granite is a natural stone from the earth, it comes in many different colors and styles, with no two stones being identical to each other. Both granite and quartz countertops are extremely durable and will last for as long as you own your house and beyond. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Granite Countertops

Since granite contains many different minerals, it is a porous stone. Granite countertops require sealing every year to keep them from absorbing liquids and becoming stained. While granite countertops are generally less expensive to purchase than those made of quartz, you need to consider the costs of sealing the granite every year. Quartz countertops do not need to be sealed because they are made with a resin.

The major advantage of granite countertops is their unique look and the fact that they are lighter to install than those made of quartz.

Characteristics of Quartz Stone

Unlike their granite cousins, quartz stone countertops are not made of a single slab of rock, rather they are made out of crushed quartz that is mixed with an epoxy resin and formed into slabs. The addition of the resin makes the quartz countertops completely waterproof and stainproof. For this reason, quartz countertops never need to be sealed or have any maintenance performed on them.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops

While granite countertops often show seams, quartz counters hide their seams much better and will look like one large piece of stone, even across large areas.

Finally, it is important to note that quartz countertops are heavier and can discolor over time if they are exposed to UV radiation from the sun coming through a window. Counters in kitchens and bathrooms that will be in direct sunlight should use granite or another material to avoid discoloration from the sun.