Granite Vs Engineered Quartz—What Are The Differences?

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It isn’t hurt to understand why kitchens are often referred to as the heart of the home. While plenty of action takes place in the living room, the kitchen tends to have more life and action to it. After all, you’re there making food to eat and enjoy, and everyone loves food. Regardless, because of how much kitchens are used and loved, many homeowners end up wanting to renovate their kitchens for various reasons. Some do so to reflect their lifestyle, while others do so just to change the look of things.

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? One of the most important considerations to make is the type of countertop you pick for it! Today, let’s talk about the two common types of countertops you can find—granite and engineered quartz—and help you know what each option has to offer:

1. Looks 

Because one is made from a natural material (granite), and one is made from an artificial material (quartz), this means the granite countertop will be more likely to have a natural look and feel. The quartz countertop, by contrast, is more likely to look clean, slick, and modern.

All that being said, though, quartz countertop manufacturers have worked hard to make their products as realistic as possible, and that includes giving their products a natural appearance. You can now get quartz countertops that have a very high amount of translucency to them, which means that they’ll look like granite countertops that have been cut and polished.

If you want a modern or slick look for your kitchen, then quartz is the way to go. But if you want your kitchen to have a natural look, then you’re better off with granite.

2. Durability

Quartz and granite countertops also have different durability levels, with quartz being the stronger of the two. That’s why choosing quartz for your kitchen does not end up costing you too much in the long run, despite the fact that it’s a more expensive option than granite.

While quartz is harder, it’s also more brittle. That means it can break more easily and needs more care when it comes to cleaning. On the other hand, granite is somewhat more likely to remain in one piece even if you drop a heavy object on it. It’s also more resistant to scratching, and it can handle more heat than quartz.

However, if you are opting for granite, you must choose a product that’s been properly sealed. Look for one that has been sealed using the best available methods so that it can last longer. 

3. Maintenance

If you want to keep your countertop in good condition, you must take regular care of it. That is especially true with quartz. Be sure to take your time and be thorough when cleaning your quartz countertop, as it’s more prone to scratches and breaking because of its hardness, and scratches and dents create surface roughness that makes it more likely to get damaged again.

Of course, granite comes with its own set of requirements for regular cleaning. You must also be very careful when it comes to choosing the right product for cleaning, as the wrong product can make the problem worse. Also, as we’ve mentioned earlier, granite will need to be sealed, so take into consideration how to properly maintain the sealant.

Conclusion

Ultimately, choosing the type of countertop you want for your kitchen should depend on a lot of factors, like how you plan to use it, who will be using it, your budget, and your goals. And, of course, you must determine how it will help you achieve your goals. Regardless, though, both are excellent countertop options. If you do want to install any, always make sure to hire professionals to do the job for you. This helps you make the most out of the upgrade, allowing you to enjoy the stunning countertops for many years to come!

Cotswold Marble & Granite is a fabricator and installer of natural stone and engineered quartz for domestic and commercial needs. If you are looking for a granite countertop and the like, check out our products!

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