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What’s The Difference Between Quartz and Granite Countertops? Choosing the Right Material for Your Olney Kitchen

Posted on: September 30, 2016



Choosing the perfect material to match your desires for your kitchen remodel might seem a bit daunting at first. The sheer array of materials available alone can give anyone pause. Trying to decide on a stone material for your kitchen countertops? When our patrons ask about stone, two materials come to mind first: granite and quartz. Which is superior, and which suits your home best? Our experts are here to help you decide!

At Jack Rosen, our design team is wholly focused on bringing you the best options for your home in Olney. Between granite and quartz there is much debate, and so it can be hard to pick when it’s time to install countertops for your kitchen remodel. But with our expertise supporting you, the decision can become clear as crystal.

The “Best” Material

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Notice that we said “help you decide.” Ultimately, this is your kitchen remodel, and the most important thing is to get the kitchen you want. We are here to assist and advise, nothing more, but surely nothing less.

Between the two materials there really isn’t an objectively best option. Each has unique benefits and drawbacks, and so in the end it’s about which material suits you best.

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The Benefits of Granite and Quartz

First off, even though these materials can look somewhat similar (usually), they’re quite different in one major regard: their origin.

Granite is a natural stone material, quarried and cut from natural sources.

Quartz, on the other hand, is an engineered material using crushed quartz, resin, and pigments to create the desired color.

So what are the benefits of each? Let’s compare:

Granite is:

  • Completely natural. For many homeowners, using an environmentally-friendly option and having only natural materials in the home is extremely important. And for you, granite is the clear choice.
  • Completely unique. Each slab of granite is totally unique, and each features characteristics all of its own. This uniqueness is a huge benefit to many, as it adds character and provides the homeowner with a one of a kind material.

Quartz is:

  • Extremely strong. Granite is no slouch when it comes to durability, but it occasionally chips and is rather porous, meaning it can stain from spillage and is subject to cracking if not rigorously maintained. Quartz on the other hand is non-porous, and superiorly strong.
  • Very versatile. When it comes to color options, there are simply more of them when you pick quartz. This is because the coloration comes from the pigment used during the engineering process. And there are plenty of pigments to choose from out there.
  • A very clean material. Being a non-porous material means spills are easy to clean, and staining is virtually impossible. Between the ease of sanitation and the durability of quartz, we see it used very frequently in kitchens that expect to see tons of cooking. The “functional” choice, if you will.

Superior Countertops for Your Olney Kitchen Remodel

No matter which material you choose, we can help you pick the custom cabinets that will match beautifully. Our greatest wish is to see you get the kitchen remodel of your dreams, and if you find yourself unsure of the material for your countertops, we can provide a guiding hand. Contact Jack Rosen today to learn more, or to set an appointment with our team!

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