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What Are the Pros and Cons of Granite vs. Quartz Countertops?

Granite and quartz both make for elegant, durable countertops. But what are the pros and cons of granite vs. quartz? Choosing between these stones can be difficult, particularly if you’re not up to speed on the differences between the two. It’s important to know how to care for and clean each stone before making a final decision.

All About Granite

Granite is a type of igneous rock, typically light-colored, and almost always contains a large quantity of quartz, along with feldspar, amphiboles, and mica, among other minerals. More than 400,000 tons of granite are produced annually in the United States. Granite in its natural form is the basis of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, Pikes Peak, Colorado, and the White Mountains, New Hampshire. 

Granite is typically used for countertops, paving stones, tiles, and cemetery monuments, since it can be smoothed to an extremely high polish. Since granite is sourced from enormous slabs of rock, large chunks are cut into the required sizes to fit your countertops. 

Quartz 101

Similar to granite, quartz is extremely durable, being highly resistant to both chemical and mechanical weathering. Besides countertops, quartz is used in many applications, including electronic circuit boards, jewelry, watches and clocks and glassmaking. Many varieties of quartz exist in a wide range of colors

The production of quartz for countertops differs from granite. Rather than being cut from a larger piece, quartz countertops are comprised of more than 90% crushed stone and bonded by a protective resin, which is shaped to the dimensions required. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Granite vs. Quartz?

While both granite and quartz are highly suitable materials for countertops, each has its pros and cons.


Granite Pros

Granite Cons

When properly cared for (that is, sealed), granite countertops are extremely durable and do not soak up liquids.

As granite is a naturally porous stone, it can stain somewhat easily. It is crucial, therefore, to clean up spills as soon as you can to avoid internal or external damage.

Most often, granite countertops are less expensive than same-sized quartz countertops.

Similarly, granite can absorb oils and hold bacteria if it's not properly sealed.

Its color and unique striations give your countertop (and home) a unique look and beauty.


Quartz Pros

Quartz Cons

Quartz is available in a virtually unlimited range of colors and textures.

Foot-for-foot, quartz is more expensive than granite.

It is a low-maintenance stone and is resistant to staining.

As opposed to granite, quartz is not suitable for outdoor use, as it is prone to fading.

In addition, it’s heavier than granite and rarely cracks.

Unlike granite, similar-colored slabs tend to look alike, with very little uniqueness.

How to Clean and Care for Granite and Quartz

First and foremost, granite countertops require a specific sealing procedure at least every two years. That’s because kitchen counter surfaces are prone to spills, which should be addressed immediately. Other than that, maintenance should incorporate a safe daily cleaner and a soft cloth. It is important to avoid any abrasive cleaners or products that include harsh chemicals. Prevention, such as the use of coasters for liquid vessels (wine glasses, oil bottles, etc.), is also recommended, as liquid stains can potentially damage the countertop.

Similar to granite, the best daily cleaning routine for quartz consists of a reliable quartz cleaner  and a microfiber cloth or paper towel. It is essential to avoid any potentially damaging materials such as steel wool pads. In addition, any abrasive cleaners or those containing harsh chemicals should be avoided. Understand that while quartz countertops are immune to many of the dangers found in the kitchen setting, dyes, markers and knives can leave permanent damage.

Protect Your Quartz and Granite with Granite Gold®

With both quartz and granite, it’s vital to choose a commercial product that is specially designed for cleaning and maintaining the integrity of your chosen stone. Granite Gold® provides innovative solutions– like our food-safe, ammonia-free Granite Gold® Clean & Shine–to protect your valued surfaces. To learn more about Granite Gold’s premium products, call 800-475-7866 or visit GraniteGold.com.


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