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Granite vs Quartz: A Showdown

For homeowners looking to upgrade their interiors, it’s probably one of the most common things to ask: “Should I go with Granite, or should I pick Quartz?” It can be difficult to choose between these two and if you’re not sure of their differences, picking one for your home’s design will be very confusing.

As such, we want to help you understand what you’ll be getting. In this article, we will put granite and quartz to the test against each other. Welcome to the Granite vs Quartz Showdown!

First Round: Look

For the first round, we examined the appearance of both materials and spoiler alert, it’s a close one. Granite impressed us with its variety and colors but what’s more impressive is the different patterns due to its formation. Quartz, on the other hand, put on a fantastic show by providing hundreds of customization paths due to its stone appearance.

Quartz wins this round, but granite’s wide selection of designs proves that it’s a close contender.

Second Round: Price

In the second round, we investigated on the installation price of both materials. Granite costs between $2,000–$4,000 to install, but homeowners can save by buying from a wholesaler. On the other hand, quartz can cost as low as $1,500, depending on the style you get as well as the quality of the material. A low price like that might seem like quartz had the upper hand, but we were surprised to see when the price started to bump up to $6,000 as we went for the higher quality material.

In this round, there is no clear winner.

Third Round: Environmentally Friendly

Granite needs to be quarried first before the material is ready. Quarrying is not really the most environmentally friendly process since it takes an abundant amount of energy to harvest granite. Additionally, if you decide to go for a more authentic-looking granite from other countries, there will be more processes that will be involved such as the transportation of the material.

Quartz, however, does not require that much energy to harvest. Because quartz is engineered, the process is a lot lighter than having to require too much manpower (we’re looking at you, granite!) and is more eco- and environmentally friendly. But, quartz is a lot more complicated to manufacture than granite.

For this round, quartz is the clear winner.

Conclusion

Quartz is the winner of this comparison. With all that said, it’s going to take more research than that when looking for the right material to use. More importantly, you need to look at maintenance work. If you’re okay with having to reseal your countertops, granite is a great option. If not, quartz does not require an annual resealing, but you’ll need to clean it more often than granite.

Looking for granite or quartz countertops installation near you? We provide countertop installation services for people in Seattle. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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