Remodeling your kitchen or bath is an exciting time, filled with choices that will transform your space. One decision you’ll make is selecting the perfect countertop. In this blog, we’re comparing two popular materials — granite and quartz. Both have advantages and disadvantages, so exploring the pros and cons will help you make an informed choice based on your family’s unique needs.
What is Quartz
Quartz is an engineered stone composed of natural quartz crystals mixed with resin and pigments. While it was developed in the 1960’s quartz countertops didn’t become popular in homes until the 1990’s. Since then, quartz has become one of the most desired countertop materials because of its uniform appearance and durability.
Pros of Quartz
- Durability Quartz is resistant to scratches and stains, so it can withstand the daily wear and tear of a busy kitchen, making it ideal for families and cooking enthusiasts.
- Low Maintenance Quartz countertops are non-porous, easy to clean and maintain, and won’t absorb liquids or bacteria.
- Consistency and Variety As an engineered material, quartz is available in a wide range of colors and patterns with a uniform appearance, making it easier to achieve a look without worrying about natural stone variations.
Cons of Quartz
- Vulnerability to Heat While quartz is generally heat resistant, prolonged exposure to high temperatures will damage your countertops. Placing hot pots or pans directly on the surface may lead to discoloration or cracking, so it’s important to use trivets or hot pads.
- Susceptibility to UV Rays Direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading and discoloration of your quartz countertop. This is particularly important for kitchens with large windows. To prevent this, you can install window coverings or use UV-protective films.
What is Granite
Granite is a natural stone mined from quarries around the world. Each slab is polished to enhance its natural beauty and create a smooth, glossy surface. Granite is a long-time favorite for countertops and is known for its durability and timeless appeal.
Pros of Granite
- Natural Beauty Granite countertops are popular for their natural beauty and unique patterns. As a natural stone, each piece is one-of-a-kind, adding a touch of individuality to any kitchen or bath, which has made granite popular among homeowners seeking a timeless look.
- Heat Resistance Granite countertops can withstand high temperatures, making them suitable for cooks who frequently put hot pots and pans directly on the surface.
- Increased Home Value Regarded as a high-end feature, buyers are often attracted to kitchens and baths with granite surfaces.
Cons of Granite
- Maintenance Granite is a porous material that can absorb liquids, stain, and harbor bacteria. To avoid this, you can seal your countertop every few years to prevent staining and bacterial growth.
- Inconsistent Look The uniqueness of patterns in granite countertops is a negative if you prefer a more uniform and consistent look in your kitchen or bath.
Ultimately, quartz and granite are both excellent kitchen and bath countertop choices that are considered a luxury upgrade to your home. Focusing on how you use your space and what best suits you and your family’s needs will help you find the perfect balance of beauty and function in your kitchen or bath.
If you’re ready to take the next step, consider hiring a qualified kitchen and bath designer who can answer your questions and walk you through the process. Start by scheduling a free consultation today and let us help you bring your dream home to life.
Kane Home Cabinetry is a premier kitchen and bath design boutique with a showroom located in the heart of St. Charles, Illinois. We design and install custom kitchens, baths, and work areas that are as functional as they are beautiful.