Chances are, before now you haven’t given much thought to the differences between granite and quartz. One of the many choices you will get to make during your Sposen design session will be between granite and quartz countertops. If you are unsure which you prefer, perhaps this blog will help you make the final decision by providing you with information about both materials.
Granite is a very hard stone, rated a 6 on Mohs scale and is completely natural. It is formed over thousands (perhaps millions) of years as rhyolite lava cools. The word granite comes from the Latin word, grano meaning “grain” and it is aptly named for its large mineral granules. The slow cooling process is what allows for large mineral pieces to develop in the stone, producing its gorgeous patterns which we all know and love.
Granite is made up of quartz and feldspar which are responsible for its lighter pink and white hues with its other lovely colors resulting from the various mineral impurities that add a wonderful diversity to the stone’s appearance. Granite’s formation and sourcing means that no two pieces will ever be the same, so you are guaranteed a countertop that is entirely unique to your home. At Sposen, we offer 24 total choices of granite. You will see a sample from each of our level 1 through 4 options in the images below.
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet, earning a 7 on Mohs scale which accounts for its incredible durability. The word ‘quartz’ comes from the Polish word twardy meaning ‘hard’. Quartz is clear but can form with impurities, giving it different colors including purple, white, black, yellow, and pink. Quartz countertops are not completely natural like their contender, granite. Quartz countertops are manufactured from approximately 90% ground quartz and 10% resin, acting as an incredibly strong binder. The resin is responsible for the nonporous surface of quartz countertops, an attribute not found in natural stone. The use of quartz has less of an impact on the environment than many other natural countertop materials including most granite because it is often sourced and made nearer destination of the finished product and requires smaller-scale mining practices. We have 20 gorgeous options of quartz in total. In the following images, you will see one type from each of our 6 levels.
Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Countertops Immaculate!
There are a handful of differences in the required maintenance of granite and quartz due to their composition. Granite is naturally porous, so it receives a sealer to prevent it from absorbing anything that could leave a stain. Resealing granite every one to five years is recommended. Quartz does not require a sealer because it is nonporous, making it much more stain resistant but still not stain-proof. It is harder than granite, therefore making it less likely to chip, scratch, or crack but again, it is not completely immune to damages.
With proper care, both quartz and granite countertops can stay in perfect condition for a lifetime! They require some care but are still quite resilient because they are stone after all! It is advised that you use a trivet for hot pots and pans right off the stove to avoid thermal shock which can cause cracking and scratching. Be sure to wipe away spills immediately (particularly on granite), especially if the substance is acidic like wine, coffee, or fruit juices. Use a countertop cleaner to keep surfaces pristine and to protect granite sealer. Repairs are possible so if a chip or scratch does happen, there is no need to panic. Hot water and a rag or sponge are just fine for your daily cleaning. Avoid using knives directly on countertops, cleaning with highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, and heavy force or pressure by dropping a heavy pot which could result in chipping or cracking.
Making That Final Decision
Both granite and quartz are truly timeless. Overall, granite requires more maintenance and is not as enduring as quartz, but both countertop options are incredibly popular for good reason. Their beauty and durability are unmatched by any other material. If you love the idea of a completely natural and unique kitchen island or bathroom sink, opt for granite. It may not be as tough as quartz, but it still outperforms all the rest. If you would like the option of extraordinary colors and patterns with top-of-the-line resilience, then quartz is right for you. You are sure to love whichever you choose for years to come, so all things considered, you should ultimately follow your heart!
Browse our completed homes for pictures of our granite and quartz options available!