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Quartz vs Natural Granite Countertops – Which Is The Better Option?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

If you are building a custom home or remodeling your existing home, it is important to pay close attention to the kitchen. The kitchen gets more use than almost any other room in the house and it should be not only good looking but also able to hold up to a lot of wear and tear.

There are two common materials used for kitchen counter tops.  These are granite and quartz,  and while some would argue that one material is always better than another, the fact is that each of these materials has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Understanding the pros and cons of both granite and quartz can help you choose the counter top material that will best suit your needs.

Granite

Granite has a lot more natural beauty than quartz. It comes in many different colors and designs, providing a homeowner with a wide range of options to choose from. Granite is extremely hard and will last for many years. It is also impervious to stains and heat.

However, many people consider granite to be out of style, so this would not be a good choice of material if you are considering selling your home at a later date. It is also important to note that granite must be sealed on an annual basis or it will get ruined by water and food spills. If you do choose to invest in a granite counter top, make sure you buy it from a trustworthy retailer, as some exotic forms of granite are known to contain radioactive particles.

Quartz

Quartz does not have to be sealed, which makes it a very convenient material to use for the kitchen counter top.  It is just as durable as granite and there are various color options to choose from. Quartz is also more resistant to mold than granite, making it an excellent option for a home located in a humid climate.

On the other hand, quartz can easily be damaged by hot objects, as it is not heat resistant like granite is. Many people are also concerned about the fact that quartz is generally made in a non-environmentally friendly manner, making it a poor option for those who are concerned about environmental issues.

Costs

Granite and quartz are about the same in terms of cost. However, the cost of any given counter top will depend on your geographical location, counter top size and which retailer you choose to buy your counter top from.

Picking the right counter top for your kitchen is important, as a good counter top should be able to last for many years and hold up to all forms of wear and tear. It is a good idea to look at a number of counter tops and consider costs, colors and the other factors mentioned above. Doing so will help you make a well informed decision regarding which type of counter top would be best for your 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