If you’re thinking of designing your perfect kitchen or remodeling your old one, you might be asking yourself whether you should choose granite or quartz, two very common materials used in kitchen countertops and backsplashes. A few years ago quartz was very expensive and not used very often, but the prices have decreased and in some places, quartz replaced the granite in large quantities. These two materials have numerous differences, some of which we will discuss. But there are two main variables we should take into account when thinking of these as our countertop options. First, authenticity. Do you prefer a man-made stone or a natural stone? And second, durability. Which one is easier to clean and maintain?
Granite is an indigenous rock made up of mostly quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and other trace minerals. The best thing about having granite countertops is that each piece is unique, as granite is a natural stone with various colors, designs, and textures that are impossible to replicate. However, granite is formed during the cooling of molten rock, so in order for granite to be formed, there is a transition from high pressure and temperature to atmospheric temperature and pressure which can eventually cause the granite to slightly expand and crack. This, in addition to seasonal variations in temperature, can leave you with a weakened and less desirable granite to use for countertops.
Unlike granite countertops, quartz countertops are man-made. They consist of 90% quartz, but the rest of the countertop is composed of resins, polymers, and various types of pigments. This creates a very durable artificial rock without cracks or pores, which makes it easier to clean and maintain.
The debate breaks down to two main questions you should ask yourself: Am I more interested in having a beautiful, unique kitchen countertop? Or do I prefer one that is easy to clean, maintain, and forget about? Unquestionably, both of these are great choices, and ultimately, it is up to you. Most of all, have fun while choosing the material that will make you and your family happy.
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