Quartz VS Granite 

Like many people, you might be struggling with the choice between quartz and granite.

Many homeowners love granite countertops that imbue a sense of timeless beauty to any home. Granite countertops are made from natural stone and are known for their durability. Quartz countertops are made of engineered stone that resembles granite but contains a far different composition. Both materials have their advocates. To make your decision, you have to understand the key differences in terms of functionality, look and durability.

What's the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Stone?

Granite is made of natural stone mined in a quarry. Technicians cut the stone into slabs or tiles, depending on the request, then polish the finished product for installation. Quartz countertops are composed of crushed quartz mixed with resin and pigment to achieve the desired color. The actual quartz content is between 92-94%.

If your primary objective is natural stone, choose from our wide selection of granite.

The Appearance of Quartz vs Granite

Both materials have their strong points in terms of appearance. It all depends on personal preference.

Granite exhibits natural variations in the color of the stone. You can find lush earth tones, celestial blues, rich greens and soft roses. Quartz has a consistent coloring and comes in a wide spectrum of colors—almost any color is achievable thanks to the pigments added to the quartz.

Before you rule out either, visit our showroom or stop by the warehouse to view several slabs of each material.

If your primary objective is Engineered stone, choose from our wide selection of Quartz.

Benefits of Granite

The strengths of granite may also suit your preferences:

  • Granite is not uniform in pattern. If you're looking for depth and uniqueness, that could be a benefit to you.
  • Granite is extremely durable and properly maintained granite counters last a lifetime. In fact, it would be hard to find a more durable stone for your counters.
  • The seams on a granite counter are barely visible.
  • You can pick the exact slabs you prefer when you visit our stone gallery in person or online.
  • Sealed granite is not porous, so liquids won't soak into it keeping your kitchen or bath free of bacteria, dirt and grime.

Benefits of Quartz

Quartz countertops have their own benefits:

  • Quartz is as strong and flexible, so it won't chip or crack as easily.
  • Since quartz is non-porous, you never have to seal it. This gives you a maintenance-free kitchen work surface.
  • Quartz is stain-resistant—if you drop wine or juice on the counter, cleanup is fast and easy.
  • You can choose darker slabs to minimize the visibility of seams.
Comparing the benefits of quartz and granite may sway your decision. However, it often comes down to the use of the slab, your budget and what slab you fall in love with. That's why a physical inspection of the quartz or granite in the stone yard is the best way to make a final choice.

Best Counters for Kitchen or Bath

Although there are many other uses, most people install granite or quartz countertops in the kitchen or bath. Here are some tips to help you decide which one would be best suited to your lifestyle.

Best Countertop for Bathrooms

Bathrooms countertops are often full of water, soap and toothpaste. If you live alone or your family is diligent about wiping up spills, then granite might be a good choice due to the superior appearance and overall durability. Stain-resistant quartz is easy to clean for a messier crowd.

With Granite and Marble Express bathroom visualizer tool shows you what just how amazing your bathroom renovation project can be before you even get started.

Best Worktop for Kitchens

In kitchens, quartz's non-porous quality comes in handy since it won't absorb stains, and it avoids chipping after heavy use. Granite gives your space an ageless quality and contains a variety of patterns often including gold or white flecks that catch the light beautifully.

Granite counters add value to your kitchen build or remodel. Granite brings an outdoor feel that helps open up the space. This earth-friendly material also adds value when it comes time to sell your home and it appeals to prospective buyers for a faster sale.

Quartz counters offer a nearly endless variety of textures, styles and colors. You can choose a solid light or dark hue or a pattern with veins running through it. Our competent sales staff can help you discover all the options available so that you can choose the one you love the most.

Granite and Marble Express kitchen visualizer tool will offer you a picture-perfect view of your future Granite and Quartz Countertops. 

Granite Marble Express fabricates fine Granite and Quartz in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. We are a fully licensed and insured, and our experienced installers are the best and brightest in the business. With 20 years experiance we offer both of these lovely materials. Our sales team excels in explaining the differences between the two and helping you find the slab that calls out to you.

You can get a free estimate and consultation when you fill out our contact form. Check back often to view the gallery of stone, including the latest arrivals and exotic slabs.

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