What's the Difference Between Quartz and Granite?
This is a very common question - granite or quartz? It really comes down to your personal preference. We'll explain the differences.
First, prices can vary for both materials, but all in all this is typically not a decisive factor. Both materials fall in similar price ranges. It's really about the look and style you want to achieve.
Granite is an all-natural stone. It was formed millions of years ago from molten rock cooling beneath the Earth's surface. Over time the rock was lifted towards the surface (from volcanoes, earth quakes, and other natural phenomena) to within human reach, and is also the source of the minor cracks and fractures you will see in natural granite. Granite is mined and then the rock is literally sliced into slabs. Granite is composed of several different minerals, with quartz typically being about 50% of the composition. Because of this, you will see natural cracks, veining, and random/uneven color flows from the various minerals contained within granite. This gives granite it's appeal and natural beauty. No two pieces are ever alike! Because granite is natural and has cracks and fissures, it needs to have its surface sealed with sealant.
Quartz counter tops, on the other hand, are composed of primarily just quartz, and are engineered (i.e. man-made). We will skip the geology lesson, but just explain that nature has a way of eroding and sorting out rock over time, creating quartz deposits. A quartz slab manufacturer will take the quartz deposits (sand, small rocks and pebbles) and press them together with resins and binding agents to create a slab. Quartz is an incredibly hard mineral. Quartz countertops are one of the strongest, most durable, stain- and scratch-resistant surfaces available. Because they're engineered, they do not need to be sealed, and typically are more uniform in appearance and can be replicated in specific color tones.
Granite is largely comprised of quartz, and they are both very similar in appearance. You won't go wrong with either. But there are nuances to each that might be more or less important to the individual homeowner. We recommend you visit our show room to see specific slabs and judge for yourself.