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Granite vs Quartz Countertops

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

modern kitchen with island and walk-in pantryThe kitchen is an important part of any home – it’s where the magic happens! A good kitchen can be a source of inspiration, leading to wonderful meals and new recipes. That means the kitchen is one room you definitely don’t want to overlook.

When dreaming up and planning out your custom home, don’t forget about the kitchen countertops! The material of your countertop can drastically affect the aesthetic of your kitchen. Granite and quartz are two of the top choices for countertops: let’s look into the differences.

Granite

Granite is a hard stone. It appears naturally, and is mined and cut to properly fit on counters. Typically it comes in gray hues, but there are plenty of other colors and patterns you can buy. No two granite slabs are the same!

When it comes to pricing, granite counters usually have a higher range than quartz countertops. Differences vary depending on where you purchase them, the size and quality, and cost of installation.

Granite requires quite a bit of maintenance as it is a rather sensitive material. Oils and acids that can easily accumulate in a kitchen stain granite, so the countertops need to be washed daily and resealed once a year. Granite is a porous material, so oils and acids can easily slip inside where they cannot be reached.

Quartz

Quartz is a very customizable material, which is one of the reasons it has become so popular. It looks like stone, however, it can be altered in a variety of ways.

The price range is more varied for quartz, but is often a little less than granite countertops. Quartz countertops are extremely heavy, so it is not recommended for your to install them on your own unless you are a professional.

Quartz is easier to maintain than granite. Oils and acids aren’t as abrasive on quartz, so it’s not necessary to cleanse as frequently as granite. It’s a solid material, so it won’t need sealing, either!

Granite and quartz each have their pros and cons when it comes to your kitchen countertops. The right one for you will depend completely on the aesthetic you want for the kitchen, and how you see yourself using it, in your custom home.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com