Quartz vs Granite: Attributes & Aesthetics of Your Countertop Options

Both granite and quartz can bring a gorgeous, timeless, high-end look and feel to your kitchen. Is there really an advantage to one material over the other?

Both are highly durable, heat-, chip- and scratch-resistant surfaces that are available in a variety of colors and patterns to fit any decorative theme, from rustic to modern. Their real differences come from their manufacturing processes.

Granite is 100% real stone cut from a quarry, shaped and polished. Every piece is unique, and comes with all the character and personality of a product created entirely by nature. Its colors and textures depend on the geographical location of its formation in the Earth, meaning it can have variations that you might find unexpected – or exciting, depending on the look you’d like your kitchen to achieve! See some of our granite colors here.

The mineral quartz is actually a major component of granite. “Quartz” countertops, however, are composed of approximately 90% quartz that has been mined, ground, mixed with resins, polymers, and pigments, then formed into blocks or slabs to be cut. This process creates the look and functionality of stone with a wide range of customization options in colors and finishes, as well as a dependably consistent pattern. See some of our quartz options here.

As countertops, one of the other notable differences between granite and quartz is their level of maintenance. Granite is a porous material and must be sealed, first after installation and then on a regular, such as yearly, basis. Because of the way it is created, quartz is non-porous and does not require sealants or conditioning.

Quartz Countertops Quick Facts
  • “Engineered” stone made from natural materials
  • Non-porous and requires no sealing, conditioning or polishing
  • Easy to maintain and clean (mild soap and water)
  • Safe — tested and certified by the National Sanitation for Food Safety and Food Contact under the NSF 51 Certification
  • For indoor uses only; will fade if exposed to direct outdoor sunlight
Granite Countertops Quick Facts
  • Each piece is an individual and unique, and cannot be duplicated
  • All-natural, strong, dense stone that is porous
  • Requires regular application of sealants; spills may stain if allowed to stand
  • Will not fade in sunlight; can be used in outdoor applications
  • Easy to clean and resistant to bacteria

The decision of granite or quartz comes down to your preferences and chosen budget. Each countertop offers long-lasting beauty that will increase the aesthetic – and monetary — value of your home. Have more questions, or want to start your new countertop search? Start here, then contact Stonecrafters for your in-home consultation!