Should we do granite or quartz? While starting your new kitchen remodel the aforementioned question comes up in your mind. And with quartz increasingly becoming similar to granite and a few marble choices, it is hard to tell the difference. We'll start with the basics.
Granite is a natural stone that is quarried from different countries across the globe. Since it comes from different places, patterns and tones can vary slab to slab. There will be some granite that contain more of a uniform, simpler pattern compared to those with widespread, exotic patterns and colorations. Granite is a very durable surface, scratch resistant and in most cases heat resistant. However, the stone is porous and needs to be sealed once a year. Sealing the granite isn't complicated, but the process is similar to cleaning the surface.
In comparison, quartz is a natural stone as well but is man-made. Quartz crystals are mixed with other resins and comes in varying pattern collections across numerous manufacturers. It doesn't hurt choosing to view your quartz slab if the option is available, but the patterns are more controllable versus granite while it's in production. So, it will tend to be similar from slab to slab. The color and pattern possibilities are advancing today with marble-like variations to an array of muted, solid colors. As far as maintenance, quartz requires little to none because it is not porous. It is very durable too, scratch resistant like granite but not heat resistant. Use of a trivet or potholder is needed for scorching protection.
Whether the decision is quartz or granite for kitchen remodel, contact our design team today to see how we can help you decide.