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If you have just bought a new home or are thinking of remodelling your existing one, you would probably have come across a plethora of information from the internet, designers and friends & family on the materials you should be using for your countertops.
Chances are during your research 2 common countertop materials that would have popped are quartz and granite. Let’s begin by with a quick rundown of these 2 materials before we dive into the finer details.
The main question remains: What is Quartz and Granite?
Quartz countertops (aka engineered stone) is man-made comprising 90% to 95% crushed quartz minerals (think white sandy beaches) with the balance comprising various resins, polymers and pigments. Being man-made, quartz countertops can be designed to look just like natural stone such as marble.
On the other hand, Granite is 100% natural and made up of primarily quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and a mixture of additional trace minerals. The combination of these materials give granite the numerous colors and textures that we see everyday
Difference between Quartz and Granite
Below is an overview on the salient differences between quartz and granite.
If you’re looking at a beautiful painting and someone comes along and tells you what’s wrong with it, you’re still going to think it’s beautiful no matter what. It is no different for quartz and granite. There is no right or wrong answer and everything will boil down to which you prefer best.
There are some who prefer granite more due to its’ natural imperfections while other prefers the modern uniformity look of quartz. The great news is that there is no wrong choice!