If you spend some time browsing through the internet you’ll find a range of different reviews about quartz vs granite. While one homeowner will tell you that you absolutely, positively must get a quartz kitchen countertop, another reviewer will insist upon buying engineered granite countertops. When you do spend some time reading through these reviews, however, you will notice one point that stands out.
As an igneous rock, granite is formed under very high heat and has a crystalline structure instead of a layered structure like sedimentary rock. Tile made from it is quite dense, with strength similar to porcelain. Granite is a good choice for kitchen countertops; using tile rather than solid granite cuts the expense drastically. Make sure tiles are spaced closely to minimize grout staining; you can use tinted grout to achieve a more seamless look as well. Both the tile and the grout should be properly sealed.
As with granite, quartz kitchen countertops also have their own sets of drawbacks and benefits that go along with them.
Quartz kitchen countertops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible. This makes them easier to work with during the installation process. Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing – ever. These stones offer a virtually no-maintenance material solution for countertops. These counters are also very durable but they cannot be considered indestructible either. They are stain-resistant as well so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a quick cleanup. One drawback that you should definitely take note of is these counters can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If you have a part of your counter that receives some of the UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, over time you may see a color difference.
After comparing these two materials, which one should you choose? The one that you find the most aesthetically pleasing, fits into your budget and highlights the mood and ambiance you are trying to create in your kitchen. Because when it comes down to it, there really is no wrong choice. There’s just personal preference.