We knew from day one that we had to replace the ugly, “trendy in the 90’s” hunter green, formica countertops in our kitchen. Based on comparable homes and our target home buyer, the decision quickly became… granite or quartz.
After some research, that decision was pretty easy for us. Information below is our consolidated research from several websites (HGTV, Forbes, Silestone)
Natural or man-made:
- Granite countertops are 100% natural. The granite is mined, cut to size, and polished.
- Quartz countertops are about 90-95% natural, the other 5-10% being resin and polymers.
- Because granite is completely natural, there isn’t as wide of a range of color options, and each piece or “slab,” is different. While this can provide you with a unique piece for your kitchen, it can leave you with mismatched stone if your kitchen requires one slab. Often, a kitchen design needs to be planned around the granite colors.
- Quartz has a wide range of color options and patterns. All the samples we looked at brought character, and we were able to match to our kitchen style.
Maintenance and Durability:
- Bottom line – granite requires more maintenance. Daily cleaning is required, and resealing is recommended on an annual basis to ensure a lasting investment.
- Quartz is a solid surface, and therefore requires no resealing. Win! We got mixed feedback on cleaning quartz, some said daily like granite, while others said just after spills when you would normally clean any countertop. We clean our countertops daily anyways, regardless of surface, because the kitchen of all places needs to be clean am I right?!
- Granite is durable, but not as durable as quartz. Granite is resistant to heat, but is porous and therefore is prone to staining if liquids are not cleaned quickly. Quartz is not porous, so it is resistant to stains and growing bacteria.
- We found there is a common misconception about the price difference. People tend to think quartz is more expensive, so much in fact that many often rule it out as an option before doing their homework. Good thing we did our homework huh? Turns out, the average maximum price of quartz appears to be higher across the board, but the minimum is lower than granite.
- Installation is a huge factor of the price. Quartz is heavier than other stone surfaces, so it needs a good, sturdy foundation, and definitely a professional installer. Thankfully, we have a sound cabinet structure. For our kitchen and the quartz we chose, the cost was no higher than granite.
- Explained further on the Home Advisor site, things that affect installation price are leveling cabinetry, adding supports for the countertop, fabrication (can increase with special cutouts), and seam jointing.
So to sum this up, we preferred an engineered stone for seamless design. The ease of maintaining quartz could not be overlooked. And the colors were just so beautiful! We especially think so of the one we chose!
We have heard so many opinions on this topic since choosing our countertops. Just be sure to do your homework before making an investment like replacing countertops!
Next time we’ll be talking demolition, and we’ll even show off our new countertops for ya!
’til next time,