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Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

Granite and quartz are widely popular countertop options for both the kitchen and bathroom, but have you ever wondered how they differ? Here is a quick breakdown of granite and quartz countertops so that you can decide which option is better for you.

Granite

Granite is stone cut straight from a quarry, and thus it looks and is the most natural. Because of this, you will see more veining and movement in granite than in any other stone countertop, giving it a touch of sophistication. Since it arrives in its natural state each stone slab can have a unique variance to it, even though it falls under the same name. This is especially an advantage to those who love a genuine aesthetic. Granite is especially coveted because it will never change color or fade after prolonged exposure to sunlight in the house, and it is more heat resistant than quartz is.

Quartz

Quartz is becoming increasingly popular because it is typically priced at a slightly lower price point than granite, and it is extremely durable. Quartz is actually a mixture of crushed quartz and resin and can thus be made available in a variety of colors and finishes. This means it can mimic other natural stones like marble and granite in appearance. Quartz countertops are non-porous by their nature, which means that they do not need to be sealed the way that granite countertops do in order to be stain resistant. Something to consider when installing countertops outdoors is that quartz can potentially change in color over time after prolonged exposure to sunlight. This is generally not very noticeable indoors unless you face extremes of sunlight in your home.

Granite and Quartz

Whether you choose granite or quartz, it will offer a beautiful, natural finish for your kitchen or bathroom. Not to mention, both are very trendy for the kitchens and bathrooms of today. They are both very durable, and (in the case of sealed granite) scratch and stain resistant.

We specialize in beautiful countertops, cabinets, and flooring for your kitchen and bathroom here at Accent Interiors. Considering installing new countertops in your home? Give us a call or visit us today, and we can discuss the best, personalized options for you.