This article focuses on one of the most important aspects of choosing a new countertop for your renovated space: the durability of the product. Granite and quartz are among the most popular and durable stones available for the homeowners. Both are likely to exceed your expectations, however, there are some differences that are important to point out. So, read along if you want to find out more about the differences between the two.
Granite is a natural stone. It actually has a pretty cool story. When the magma underneath the Earth’s surface cools down, it creates one of a kind structure with different color patterns. It is quarried in very big blocks and then cut into slabs. Afterwards, it is shaped and polished according to fit into the desired countertop style.
Besides being still the most popular choices for countertops, granite requires sealing (which varies depending on the type) and regular maintenance in order to prevent stains, chips and scratches.
Image: Taj Mahal Exotic Granite from Terra Granite
If you have some idea about countertop materials, it is no surprise to you that quartz is more durable than granite. It is true that because granite countertops are made from natural stones, they are more likely to get stained, scratched or chipped.
Quartz is much harder since it is not exactly a natural stone. It contains natural stone elements but is actually an engineered material. It’s made by mixing seven percent pigmented resin and ninety-three percent natural quartz crystals.
On the down side, even though it is not likely to scratch or chip, quartz countertops tend to fade in color when they are subjected to direct sunlight for a long period of time.
Image: Bianco Venatino Quartz from Granite Terra
As you see, there are some pros and cons to each slab option. Quartz is more durable, yes, but it also tends to discolor and lose its attractive look while granite does not discolor and yet requires regular sealing.
It is important to decide on your priority when choosing the ideal countertop for your house. If your space is exposed to too much direct sunlight, then quartz may not work for you. Or if your priority is on low maintenance, then you will not want to deal with resealing your granite surface in regular basis.
For more information and professional guidance on granite, quartz and other countertop materials please visit terragranite.com or our showroom in Houston, TX.
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