Trevor Nace is a geologist and regular contributor to Forbes. He recently spoke on both granite and quartz countertops, providing a comparison of each so readers can choose which one better fits their needs.
Granite develops when molten rock cools. The size of the mineral crystals of this igneous rock depends on how long it takes to cool. The slower the rock cools, the larger the crystals will be. When granite is formed, it’s underneath rock and sediment that heat the rock enough to melt it. The granite found today is close to the surface, meaning at some point, it uplifted and the sediment separated from it during erosion.
Many people don’t realize that unlike granite countertops, quartz countertops are man made. They typically consist of around 90% quartz and the remaining 10% is a composition of polymers, resins and pigments. These additional elements make quartz countertops incredibly durable without allowing any pores or cracks into the countertop. The pigments are added to create a coloration that is naturally found in quartz arenite.
Comparing the Two
When it comes time to compare granite countertops and quartz countertops, there are several factors to consider:
- Price – You’ll ultimately end up paying more for a quartz countertop than a granite one, but that extra cost may be worth it for the benefits you’ll get with quartz that you won’t get with granite.
- Durability – Quartz is a naturally stronger stone than granite is, plus the added polymers and resins in a quartz countertop provide extra strength to the manmade stone.
- Variation – Granite is extracted in its exact form, which means that no two slabs will ever be alike. If design aesthetic is one of your main concerns, choosing granite is the way to go.
- Maintenance – Quartz is nonporous, which means it won’t stain easily. On the other hand, you can have your granite countertops sealed to keep them looking beautiful as well.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what your personal needs are for your kitchen or bathroom. If you’re not renovating on a strict budget, quartz may be the best option. If you love the idea of having a one-of-a-kind countertop, opt for granite. If you’re having trouble choosing, contact us today at Premier Surfaces so we can help you pick your perfect countertop.