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Granite or Quartz? A Guide to Countertop Materials

Dec 19, 2023 | Blog

When planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation, selecting the perfect countertop material is one of the most crucial decisions. Countertops are not only functional design pieces, but they also bring together the room’s aesthetic appeal. Two of the most popular choices for stylish countertops are granite and quartz. Both offer unique advantages and disadvantages, making the decision largely dependent on personal preference, budget, and lifestyle needs.

Granite

Granite is a natural stone selected for its luxurious aesthetic and unique patterning. No two slabs of granite are identical, offering homeowners a truly unique piece for their homes. Granite countertops are heat-resistant and extremely durable, making them an excellent choice for those who enjoy cooking or baking. However, its natural pores can make it susceptible to stains if not sealed appropriately, so maintenance is vital to its longevity. 

Quartz

Quartz countertops are artificial and engineered from crushed quartz stone combined with resin. This process results in a highly durable, non-porous countertop material that is more resistant to staining than other materials. Unlike granite, quartz offers a more uniform appearance, benefiting homeowners seeking a specific color or pattern consistency. However, it is less heat-resistant than granite and can be damaged by hot cookware if not cared for properly.

Regarding cost, both granite and quartz are considered high-end, with pricing dependent on thickness, color, and design. Granite is typically slightly less expensive than quartz, but the difference is likely insignificant enough to be the sole deciding factor.

The choice between granite and quartz is truly a personal preference. Granite is your best bet if you prefer a natural, unique look and don’t mind maintenance. However, quartz might suit your liking if you’re after a more uniform, low-maintenance material. No matter your choice, both granite and quartz can add value and beauty to your home, stand the test of time, and serve as a centerpiece in your home for years to come.

Hawk Industries has been designing and installing granite and quartz countertops for decades. For more information, visit our website.

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