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Choosing the right material for your new countertops can be a tough decision. There are more quality countertop materials available for consumers than ever before. To make the decision a little easier, we’re going to take a look at the two of the most popular materials available on the market today – granite and quartz.

 

Similarities

Granite and quartz have a lot in common. For starters, they both cost around the same amount. As for performance, they are also pretty evenly matched. Tests show that they both fare about the same when it comes to cutting, abrasion, and heat resistance qualities. Both stones are very good at resisting stains, but one is a bit better at resisting tough stains.

 

Differences

Despite all the similarities, there are significant differences between the two that can help you make your decision. As previously noted, one stone is better than the other at resisting difficult stains – quartz. In numerous tests conducted on the two materials, quartz was found to be better at resisting tough stains like those from oil or beet juice. What some homeowners also like about quartz is that it doesn’t have to be sealed, unlike granite which requires periodic sealing to maintain its stain resistance.

Since it’s manufactured, quartz has a more uniformed look than granite. This makes it easier for installers because they know how the stone’s pattern will look upon installation. However, many homeowners like the natural, unique pattern that comes with using granite as their countertop material.

 

Keep in mind that whatever stone you end up choosing, neither is indestructible. Hitting the stone too hard can cause the material to chip. In the end, both stones are great options, but one might work better for your family’s particular needs. If you want more information on choosing the right countertop material, call us at (708) 813-2918 and one of our knowledgeable employees can help you make your decision!