One of the biggest questions we hear in our showrooms is “what’s the difference?” And we get it- with so many options to choose from, knowing what sets them apart is the first step towards choosing the right material for your lifestyle. At Onslow Stoneworks, we have the answers. Starting with Quartz and Granite, we can tell you anything you might need to know when it comes to the appearance, durability, and maintenance of each material.
Granite is a natural stone, while quartz is man-made. This means that granite comes in a variety of naturally beautiful colors and patterns that are more uniform than quartz, which has a wider range of colors. Granite also has a more natural appearance: looking at it closely, you can see unique textures and veins within the stone. No two granite slabs will be identical. Quartz will have an even-toned color throughout its surface (which makes it easier to clean), and can easily replicate patterns like marble. Because it is man-made, it can be easier to find the right slab of material compared to granite, as you can easily customize quartz to your liking.
Both quartz and granite are extremely durable, but granite is more heat resistant than that of quartz. Granite is also resistant to scratches and staining, but when it comes to comparison, quartz takes the cake.
Quartz is much harder than granite, so it is much more resistant to stains and scratches. Unlike natural stone, like granite, because of quartz’s non-porous nature, it is able to protect itself from liquids seeping into the surface which helps fight stains and other unwanted bacteria and odors. Although quartz is very tough when it comes to stains and scratches, you might want to keep those heat pads on hand and never place hot cooking materials directly on your quartz countertops, as these surfaces are not as heat resistant as granite countertops!
Granite is easy to maintain, just clean with warm water and mild soap. We do recommend granite be resealed every few years, as doing so will help keep the countertops not only shiny and polished, but its porous nature to be protected. Quartz requires little to no maintenance nor sealant as it is a non-porous stone that does not absorb stains or odors.
The main difference between the two materials really comes down to your lifestyle and what you need out of your countertops. We’re happy to help you with your next home project, so make sure to contact us with any further questions!