Deciding to remodel your kitchen can be a tough decision because it involves finding the best materials and sticking to a budget. The vast number of materials available to you for countertops can be overwhelming.
Most people find themselves stuck between quartz and granite because they are both two solid choices. They each come with their pros and cons. Most people want to know how resistant their new counters are to things such as staining and denting.
In general, granite and quartz are both stain-resistant. However, quartz will usually offer more stain-resistant qualities. The cleanup of stains is often easier as well.
Let’s go over what granite and quartz are and how to come to the best decision when choosing the right one for the kitchen.
Granite is a natural stone and is 100% granite. It is mined from quarries and then cut down and polished into a slab that can be used for a counter.
Quartz is not 100% natural like granite. It is usually mixed with small fragments of glass, mirror, or other stones. It also contains polymer resins. All these materials are heated, mixed, and put into a slab perfect for countertops.
Learn more about each material and see which one is better for you.
The pros of quartz
Quartz has grown in popularity because of its luscious appearance. Since it is fully engineered, it can be made to be more customized and personalized than many other stone choices. It can even be made to look like marble and granite.
Quartz is very glossy, shiny, and smooth. It automatically makes your kitchen look luxurious and expensive, but at a lower price point than materials such as soapstone or marble.
It is resistant to scratches, dents, and stains. It is also nonporous which means it will repel mold and mildew, as well as bacteria. This makes quartz very low maintenance. Once installed, you will not have to spend any money on upkeep costs. It will also not need to be resealed.
It is much more environmentally friendly than other stones and materials you may use in your kitchen. This is because it is not quarried, but instead engineered with natural elements that have been recycled or put in the waste pile.
The cons of quartz
There are not many. The only one is that it is not fully heat resistant. Trivets or heating pads need to be used at all times.
It can only be damaged by excessive heat, such as cast iron or a pan fresh from the oven. To be safe, use a heating pad for all hot objects.
Quartz is also very heavy, so DIY is not an option. Always hire a professional e to install your quartz counters.
The pros of granite
Like quartz, granite has many pros that make it an awesome choice for your kitchen. It is slightly cheaper than quartz which makes it better for a budget. However, granite does require more long-term maintenance. So, the overall cost of granite may be higher.
Granite can often be purchased from a wholesaler which can drop the cost considerably. Like quartz, it needs to be professionally installed.
Granite is slightly more heat resistant than quartz. You can place hot pots and pans onto granite.
Designs and colors of granite are pretty endless. You are bound to find a granite counter that goes well with your kitchen theme or design. No two granite countertops are the same so no matter what you choose, your kitchen will look unique and stylish.
The cons of granite
Granite is not as environmentally friendly as quartz by any means. It has to be quarried which takes considerable energy. High-end granite is often not locally made so it will need to be transported from another state or country.
These transportation costs also add to the carbon footprint.
Granite will need to be resealed once a year. This takes extra time and money. Resealing can be done as DIY yourself though.
It is porous, unlike quartz. This means it can be suspectable to mold and mildew. It can also hold onto bacteria more than quartz. Granite needs to be cleaned often. Grease and any spills need to be cleaned promptly so that bacteria do not stay on the surface of the granite.
Granite is slightly more suspectable to scratches and dents. Care needs to be taken when setting heavy items on the counters.
How easily does quartz stain?
Quartz is pretty hard to stain. Even dried spills can be cleaned up completely with no leftover residue. Grease also does not leave marks or streaks on quartz. Quartz is stronger and more durable than granite in all capacities, including when it comes to staining.
Even though staining is pretty uncommon, spills should still be cleaned quickly for health purposes. The good news is that if you are busy or don’t notice that a child spilled something, the spill being left out will not bother your counter at all.
You can simply clean it up later with soap and water or a basic household cleaner. Acids will also not stain quartz. You can cut tomatoes or lemons on or near quartz and the substances will not leave marks. Strong cleaners can be used if you desire but are not necessary since quartz naturally repels bacteria.
How easily does granite stain?
Liquids or spills that are left out can stain granite. For this reason, all spills should be cleaned as soon as they happen. Homes with small children or teenagers who cook may suffer damage from spills that are left out or not cleaned properly.
Oils and acids can also stain granite. All food prep should be done on a cutting board, not directly on the granite counter. Only mild household cleaners should be used that are not too acidic.
Remember that granite is not resistant to bacteria so even spills that do not leave stains could leave behind harmful bacteria. Soap and water should be used to clean stains. Resealing will help stains to not set in and therefore should be done on schedule or the counters may stain easier.