Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite?
These days, the options for robust, attractive countertops are constantly increasing. While this can be great, it can also make it hard to decide which one is right for your kitchen. Two of the leading choices are quartz countertops and granite countertops.
Some people think quartz countertops are better than granite. However, the truth is that quartz is better for some people, while others might prefer granite. These are two countertop materials with very similar performance in most practical situations. However, once you understand these materials, you can see why they   re different and why one might be better for your kitchen than the other.
What Are Quartz Countertops?
Quartz is a natural stone     it   s natural glass     but quartz countertops are engineered stone products. We understand that this can be confusing. Quartz countertops are made mostly of natural stone byproducts (around 95% stone) held together with a synthetic binder, sometimes with additional materials added for appearance (more on this later).
What Are Granite Countertops?
Granite countertops are natural stone slabs cut and shaped to be countertops. Strictly speaking, not all    granite    countertops would be called granite by geologists, but most of them are functionally similar enough that we can consider them as a group.
Cost Comparison of Quartz Countertops vs. Granite Countertops
Generally speaking, quartz countertops and granite countertops are pretty comparable in price. Exclusive designs using premium materials can make some quartz countertops very expensive. Similarly, some granite countertops are rare patterns brought from distant quarries, making them expensive.
The Appearance of Quartz Countertops vs. Granite Countertops
When it comes to appearance, some people like that quartz countertops give them precise control over the look of their countertops. Quartz is an engineered material that designers can make into many different styles. Some quartz countertops look very similar to granite. Others look artificial and can help a kitchen look more modern, even futuristic, whereas most granite betrays its origin as a natural stone.
This is not to say that granite countertops don   t come in a wide variety of appearances. There are thousands of natural granite patterns available.