Quartz vs. Granite

By: James Marshall on Mar 18, 2013

quartz vs granite

Quartz

Granite

93% natural quartz stone and 7% acrylic resin, blended to make a non-porous, consistent countertop surface. 

100% natural stone, with the pores and inconsistencies that can be expected with stone. 

Quartz surfaces are engineered for consistency in color and pattern. Installed countertop closely resembles sample selection.

Granite is mined directly from the earth so that no two countertops are alike. Every countertop is unique, but installed counter may vary significantly from sample.

Quartz is 5 times harder than granite, creating a surface that is not easy to chip, scratch or break.

Granite is strong and durable, but more prone to damage from hot pots and falling objects.

Quartz is maintenance free. Never requires a sealant or other routine maintenance.

Proper care requires the periodic application of a special sealant to granite surfaces.

Exceptional warranties. For example, Cambria countertops come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Granite warranties vary, but do not typically last more than 10 years.

Many believe the highest quality material for countertops is natural granite. After all, it’s incredibly durable. Yet several blended quartz products beat granite in most categories and offer a surface that can handle just about any normal wear and tear you throw at it.

To learn more about the ongoing Quartz vs. Granite battle, see one of our earlier articles explaining Six Reasons Why Quartz Beats Granite.

And if you weren't considering either quartz or granite, you'll be pleased to learn that Kitchen Magic has several countertop options to choose from. For a features and benefits comparison of a wider variety of countertop surfaces, download the free comparison chart below.

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