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Quartz Vs. Granite Countertop - A Comparison


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You really want to perform some kitchen remodeling, but you only had saved enough to renew your kitchen countertops and other surfaces. So you narrow it down to quartz or granite countertops after much contemplation. But you are having trouble when it comes to deciding which material you want most. Now that the distinction between these two materials isn’t apparent, how different can they be? **Composition** Granite is entirely natural stone – comes directly from natural stone quarries that are cut into thin slabs, then polished and fabricated into design countertops. On the other hand, **[quartz countertops][1]** are basically engineered stone products – they can consist of a large proportion of natural stone or include other materials. Primarily, they are made of ground-up stone byproducts and then cut into slabs for various designs countertops along with other products. **Appearance** Every granite slab is different in terms of mineral pattern and color, which brings out their uniqueness. These unique patterns and colors are due to its technique of formation (molten materials cooling and solidification). Even though quartz stone countertops are as well unique, they are more uniform in appearance because of the engineering factor. All in all, you can get unique patterns with many colors to match your color scheme, including forms that doesn’t resemble granite material at all. **Price** Undoubtedly, both quartz and granite kitchen countertops are premium, high dollar materials. These countertop options aren’t a good fit at all for folks on a budget! Best prices on quartz countertops are about 80− 140 per square foot, installed. Due to quartz popularity and availability, the price of basic countertops has dropped, with unique colors and designer styles calling for upper-end pricing. **Granite countertops range from 80** 140 per square foot, installed. The cost difference depends on the chosen style, together with the kind of edging treatments requested. You can save some bucks by buying the materials from a reputable wholesaler and performing some preliminary tasks yourself – be sure to leave the actual fabrication as well as installation to the professionals. **Maintenance and durability** You should regularly clean quartz and granite countertops with both soap and water or the right household cleaner to get rid of some stubborn food, acids, and oil stains. There is an added advantage to quartz over granite, even though both materials are long-lasting. Granite being relatively porous requires sealing during installation followed by periodic sealing from time to time (ongoing basis). And granite might possess inherent flaws making its countertops prone to cracking. On the other hand, quartz doesn’t need sealing; the resins used during slabs fabrication offer uniformity throughout the material, making it more resistant to cracking and staining. Therefore, it is easy to keep quartz countertops in Chicago clean and relatively bacteria-free as they don’t need daily cleaning. **Real estate value** Both quartz and granite are high-end materials and with correct installation they will always impress potential buyers or tenants. When compared to ceramic or laminate tile countertops, both quartz and granite can raise the real estate value of property or home. **Wrap up** Granite selection of countertops is excellent for folks who love all-natural materials, whereas quartz is better when it comes to maintenance and offers slightly better durability. Be sure to go for a countertop product that best suits your personality and needs. [1]: