I hear a lot of debate over quartz and granite countertops. What is the difference and which is better?

A: Both Granite and Quartz are gorgeous stone countertops that are extremely durable, heat and scratch resistant and similar in price, but that is where the similarities end.

Quartz countertops are an engineered stone made of raw quartz crystals, color and a binding agent like resin.  It is heated and compacted to form the slab the countertop will be made from. The end result is an incredibly strong and beautiful surface that is available in designer colors and has a consistent and stunning pattern throughout. It requires no sealing and very little maintenance.

Granite is a natural stone cut right from the earth, it is smoothed into giant slabs and retains all its natural veining and colors. It is visually striking and each piece is unique but pattern can vary considerably from one end of the slab to the other.  Granite is porous so it must be sealed to prevent oil stains and etching. You will need to use a spray sealant at least once every 12 months, every 6 months on areas that are used a lot. Also you should stay clear from using harsh cleaners as they will wear at the polished finish in time.

In the end it’s really a matter of personal preference. If you don’t mind the occasional maintenance of granite, it is beautiful to look at and carries a certain prestige. If you love the elegance of granite but don’t want to have to worry about forgetting to seal your countertop, quartz might be a better choice for you.

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