Granite and quartz are fantastic counter top products.  Either choice is a good one!  Below is a brief discussion of both products.

Granite is a completely natural product.  It is quarried from the earth.  Once mined, it is cut down to manageable sizes and polished to a smooth finish.  The value of a certain type of granite is the amount available (in the earth) and the ‘movement’ seen in the detail of the slab.  For instance, a granite that is more uniform in color without much variance in the pattern of stone, will be less expensive.  Once your slabs are identified, the fabricator will offer a choice of edge profile for you to choose.  This too is a factor in the cost.

Granite is porous and needs to be sealed with a warrantied sealant to protect the surface from stains. Quality sealers last many years. The sealant fills in the pores of the granite, thereby blocking oils or spills from causing stains.  Granite is heat resistant but there are limits, so putting a towel or hot pad down are always a good idea.  Granite is really OLD!  It’s said some of the newest granite mined from the earth is 750 million years old.

Quartz is not a completely natural product.  It is made from ground quartz mixed with a polymer resin.  Quartz is strong, and even considered stronger than granite.  Quartz is NOT heat resistant. A hot pan or even extremely hot liquid can damage a quartz counter.  It’s not the quartz particles that aren’t resistant to heat, it is the resin used to bind the quartz particles together.  Quartz is not porous and because of this, does not need to be sealed.  You’ll notice its use in restaurants due the non-porous nature of the product which makes it ideal for food service.

Manufacturers have become astute at creating a similarity to the movement of granite but there’s a long way to go to duplicate the natural wonders of granite.   Quartz can be a simpler design process for some as a color and pattern can be selected in a showroom with your other design elements nearby.  Granite, on the other hand, is viewed in large slabs so some people feel the selection process is more difficult.  Although samples are available, if the granite has a lot of pattern variation, it’s difficult to capture the variation in a small sample.

Which is better?  They are both great products offering few differences.  In the end we believe the best choice is the one you like better.