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Choosing Between Granite vs Quartz for Countertops

Mar 25, 2022 | Blog

Given the similarities between the two materials, it may be tough to choose between granite and quartz for your countertops. You may want either of the two to add to your kitchen remodel or your custom bathroom design.

Both of these materials are durable and available in a variety of designs and styles. However, some details may make you prefer one over the other. This article will run you through the comparisons between granite and quartz to help you make the best choice for your home or commercial building.

Which One Is More Durable and Can Withstand Heat?

Both granite and quartz are durable, but one may be able to withstand more wear than the other. However, granite may be the better choice if you are handling hot pans, moving heavy mixing bowls, and cutting food items on your counter as you cook. 

As granite is formed under intense heat, it can handle higher temperatures from hot pots and pans without getting damaged. However, if you have a sealant on this surface, you may have to get it resealed as intense heat can damage most sealants.

Quartz, on the other hand, can become damaged from excessive heat. You should never put hot objects directly on a quartz countertop. These hot objects, if left for too long, can stain and discolor the surface.

Which One Is More Resistant to Scratching?

The resin in quartz is also more likely to get scratched under regular use. On the other hand, granite countertops can handle dropped pans and slipping knives without getting scratched.

Granite is so tough that it can remain unscathed even if you decide to cut vegetables directly on the surface. However, we don’t recommend this as it can dull your knives and cause injuries. A granite surface is nowhere as forgiving as a chopping block.

Which One Is Easier to Maintain?

As both materials may last for a long time, you want to go for the material that is easier to maintain. However, granite’s weakness would be its susceptibility to stains.

Granite is a natural stone that can be porous. If you don’t clean spills immediately or get your granite countertop resealed every year, you may have a permanent stain.

The manufactured resin that glues quartz together is non-porous. This makes quartz countertops stain-resistant and low-maintenance. However, if you get hot pots and pans on your quartz countertops, this may also cause damage and permanent discoloration.

Which One Can Be Repaired Easier?

You can’t avoid accidents at times. You may drop some dishes on the counter, or your kid may spill things. You will want a material that is easier to repair in case of accidents.

Granite is more prone to chipping than quartz countertops. If you drop a heavy ceramic bowl on your granite countertop, you may have a crack or chip. However, even if it chips easier, you can quickly fix a chipped granite countertop. There are granite repair kits available at home improvement stores.

On the other hand, quartz chipping is more noticeable and harder to polish out.

Choosing between Quartz and Granite for Your Countertop Installation

Granite and quartz are both excellent materials for your home and commercial countertops. They have similar aspects that make them popular choices for these areas.

Your best choice would depend on what you need these countertops for and which aspects you would like to prioritize. If you are likely to bake and cook in the kitchen, you are better off with granite countertops that can withstand heat and are easier to repair.

Are you looking for quality granite countertop installation in Pennsylvania? Hawk Industries has a tradition of excellence in designing, manufacturing, and installing quality countertops. Contact us to learn more!

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