Pros and cons of Granite vs. Quartz

Interior Remodeling

A gorgeous countertop can really make your house pop! At Standale Interiors, Jan often gets asked “What is the difference between Granite and Quartz?”.

GRANITE

Pro: It has longevity, universal appeal and helps sell homes

Pro: It’s available in wide slabs. 

  • Wide slabs are a huge benefit for kitchens with sprawling angles since they usually mean fewer seams. Some kitchens may need only one slab, which can cut costs.

Pro: It costs less

  • Entry-level granite is significantly less than most quartz options. This price difference really adds up with larger kitchen spaces

Pro: It’s a natural beauty and every slab is unique, so you can personalize your space.

Con: It’s porous. 

Con: It requires more maintenance and needs to be sealed regularly

Con: There aren’t many “clean” styles; has lots of “movement” with veins, swirls, and spots.

Con: It’s brittle

QUARTZ

Pro: It’s low-maintenance and doesn’t require sealing either. 

Pro: It’s stronger than natural stone. 

Pro: It’s in high demand.

  • Great for flippers and those looking to sell; If the quartz’s price is right, you could net a larger return on investment in the near future.

Pro: It offers consistent, clean styles. 

Con: It’s more expensive. 

Con: It isn’t suitable for outdoor installations. 

Con: Slabs of the same color always look the same

  • Slab designs are predictable (which some homeowners like) and always look the same from slab to slab. In other words, you won’t ever have a truly unique countertop when it comes to quartz. If you’re wanting a one-of-a-kind work surface, it’s best to stick with granite and other types of natural stone surfaces

Con: It isn’t the real deal. 

  • It won’t ever be 100 percent natural, and that’s a deal breaker for a lot of homeowners. Granite’s natural beauty, sweeping swirls and gorgeous veining aren’t easy to replicate, even with today’s advanced machinery.
     

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