You've decided to replace your existing countertop with a new one and have always dreamed of owning your own granite counter. When you went to the kitchen and bathroom store, however, the sales associate there suggested a quartz countertop. You've had your heart set on a granite one but the quartz counters looked great in the storeroom. When all is said and done, is one of these countertops better than the other?
In terms of functionality, quartz countertops are better than their granite counterparts. Quartz is a natural stone and before it is formed into a countertop it is mixed with a resin to make it denser. A high-density countertop is more resistant to stains and spills than one that is more porous. When you own a quartz counter, it will not absorb the liquid from accidental spills. Granite, on the other hand, cannot handle any liquid messes and will need to be sealed to keep it looking its best.
Granite needs to be sealed approximately once a year. If you forget to apply the protective coating every year, you'll quickly notice that your countertop is getting stained. Granite simply isn't as dense as quartz so the liquids will enter into the small pores of the stone and discolor it.
There's something about granite, however, that attracts people to it. When you purchase a quartz countertop you are buying crushed stone that has been mixed with other compounds. When you purchase a granite countertop you are buying a complete slab of stone that comes directly from the ground and has not been processed in any way.
For many, having this natural slab stone in the home is worth the extra bit of work that is involved with applying the sealant every year. For others, having a maintenance-free countertop that looks great is the best way to go. When it comes to the price, both granite and quartz countertops are high-end products that are quite costly and both are comparable in price.