You may have hit that stage in renovations where it’s time to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or even your outdoor living porch. You entertain the idea of upgrading your countertops, but you aren’t sure which option is best for you. You’ve narrowed down your search to quartz or granite, but you’re having a hard time choosing between the two. Below, I’ve broken down important key factors to consider when choosing which countertop is best for you.

First, a key difference between the two stone variations is that quartz is actually man-made while granite is natural. This means that quartz is engineered in a plant that combines various grades of quartz with resin and pigment to create slabs used for counter tops. With that said, quartz countertops are sealed making them more durable than its counterpart. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have granite, which is slightly porous making the stone a little tougher to clean and maintain. Now that you know how the stones are created, you can begin your list of pros and cons.

QUARTZ

quarts countertop

PROS:

1. One of the strongest materials available to us. It is stronger and more flexible than granite, thus making it more durable and easier to work with.

2. The non-porous surface makes it easier to clean and helps keep bacteria and other germs from penetrating the surface.

3. Stain-resistant, so spills shouldn’t send you into a panic.

4. Colors are uniform, so when looking at samples you can imagine that exact color/style to appear in your home.

CONS:

1. When exposed to constant direct sunlight, quartz can discolor. Because of this, it is not recommended for your outdoor living porch countertops.

2. Seams are easily visible unless you choose a pattern over solid colors.

GRANITE

granite countertop

PROS:

1. 100% naturally made stone, so very appealing to builders and buyers.

2. Each slab is unique. Your neighbor may have the same stone, but it will be unique in color/pattern. No two slabs are the same. Could be considered a pro by some or a con by others. Therefore, I have listed it under both.

CONS:

1. Being that it’s one-of-a-kind, there is no color consistency. When looking at the stones in store, you must keep in mind that it will look different than the one you bring home.

2. The porous surface means the counter tops have to be sealed upon installation and every year after. This means it will be easier for bacteria and other germs to infiltrate the surface if the sealant is not maintained. However, with proper upkeep, you won’t need to worry about stains.

3. Seams are visible and almost impossible to mask especially if the stone has veins or directional movement.

When it comes down to selecting your countertop, always stick with what works for your specific needs, style, and vision.