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