Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite?

by Peter Liang

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After looking through the considerable debate between different countertops you may be wondering “Are quartz countertops better than granite?”
It’s an interesting discussion with opposing sides each declaring that theirs is definitely the one worth choosing. In order to put this debate to rest once and for all we have gathered together some information that you need to know about both choices.

The heat factor

A lot of people are choosing quartz for their kitchen due to the fact that they are reported to be more heat and stain resistant. There has been a lot of word spreading around that it’s okay to rest hot pots directly on it whereas you would never consider it on granite. When you hear from stone countertop lovers, however, many are saying that they have been placing hot pots on theirs for years without any damage.

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It’s important to note that both kitchen work surfaces can be damaged by extreme heat and even the manufacturers like Caesarstone suggest using some protection against hot pots and pans.

It all comes down to personal taste

If you’re comparing granite vs quartz you’ll be pleased to know that they have both been refined to give you durable performance that will last for years. In order to take care of either of these countertops it would be best to have something in place to put hot cookware on to protect the surface, just in case.

The main difference between the two lies in their appearance. Granite countertops have varying patterns and veins that make each one look unique. Quartz is more uniform and the variation from one top to another is minimal.

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Many homeowners and builders are choosing engineered stones now since it is durable and can last a lifetime. A quartz countertop is an engineered stone in that it is a mixture of resin, pigment and stone and is generally scratch and stain resistant. It also does not require sealing and if a part of it should happen to break off it can possibly be replaced due to the consistent pattern.

Brands: Caesarstone, Hanstone, Zodiaq, Silestone, and Ikea

Granite, on the other hand, is a product of nature with natural variations occurring throughout the entire countertop. Should anything happen to it the entire piece would have to be replaced.

Budgeting

When all is said and done granite is the more expensive countertop to choose. You’ll also want to factor in any price concerns. All in all, both are generally equal in performance but differ in appearance and pricing.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon October 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi Peter,

Thanks for sharing your article. I think both quartz and granite countertops provide the durability and beauty that most homeowners are looking for. But you’re right, taking heat, stain and scratch resistance into consideration is important.

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Peter Liang October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

No doubt, Jon. You really can’t go wrong with either option.

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justin March 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Peter, if your going to have a debate over quartz vs. granite. You need to get your facts straight, It is obvious that you are just repeating what you have been told by engineered stone companies. I have fabricated and installed both for 15 years. The real truth is quartz is not as durable. It’s made of stone and glue, the glue is not heat resistant or scratch resistant or stain resistant or uv stable. Granite is stone, not glue and stone. I can use a blow torch on stone surfaces with no effect, cant say the same for quartz. You can’t even use a crockpot on some of that other junk.

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Peter Liang March 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

Thanks for your input, Justin. While I don’t agree with you, and I’m sure you’re wrong I still value it. I’m not sure what “glue” you used to fabricate counters with but it’s not the same as the resin that is used by quality brands like Silestone and Cambria.

I’m pretty sure nobody in their right mind is going to consider using a blowtorch on their countertop as normal use anyway.

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Nina morgan September 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I’m debating between both products also, but I find out is the cost, the granite I like is very expensive, like the Brazilian granite, the ones that you find in chain stores are busy and not attractive and that is my dilemma. In another hand quartz is generally priced almost the same regardless where you buy it and many color choices available. So what to do? Every comment I read do not mention the difference in quality and looks. I need some input. Thanks

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Peter Liang September 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Looks is a very personal decision. You’ll have to decide which you like best.

Quartz quality is about the same across the major brands. Granite can vary greatly since it is a natural stone. The minerals that nature used to compose the rock are different in every region.

I hope I answered your question at least a little. I’m not quite sure what it was.

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