Solid Stone (Granite) vs. Engineered Stone (Quartz)

Both granite and quartz countertops are visually stunning, but when you’re choosing between the two, there are some differences that should be taken into consideration. Your kitchen should be beautiful, but also functional. Let’s compare and contrast granite and quartz countertops.

Pros and cons of granite countertops

Granite countertops are made from solid stone and come in a variety of natural stone hues.

The pros of granite countertops

If you’re looking for pure, solid stone, then granite is your only option.

Because granite is a solid slab of stone, the color will vary from stone to stone. No stone is exactly alike, and the slight variation in hues can either add personality to your kitchen, or it can be distracting. To make this choice, it comes down to personal taste.

Since you’re working with a natural material, the manufacturing process is also much more environmentally friendly than other countertop materials. The “green” factor will appeal to many new homeowners, as being an environmentally conscious consumer is the hottest trend.

The cons of granite countertops

The downside to granite is that it will chip easier and require more maintenance than a quartz countertop. A granite countertop will need to be sealed and resealed over time. A granite countertop is also more prone to stains over time, so that is something to consider.

The pros of quartz countertops

Quartz is made from crushed quartz, mixed with pigment, and held together with resin. It is durable and easily maintained. It is also more stain-resistant than its granite counterpart.

Pros and cons of quartz countertops

Quartz countertops come in many shades and colors, as the pigment is added during the manufacturing process.

Because the color of the quartz countertops is added in the manufacturing process, quartz is more evenly colored and can come in many more varieties than granite, simply because the color is added and you can add it artificially, making the choices almost endless.

Cons of quartz countertops

The only negative we can find with quartz countertops is that the manufacturing process is more complex than granite, making it less environmentally friendly.

Dodge City Kitchen Showroom

Kitchens Inc. has showrooms in Manhattan and Dodge City, Kansas. Before choosing between quartz and granite countertops, stop by and check out your options so you can see and feel the difference. Our staff can help you make informed decisions about all residential and commercial renovation and remodeling projects, including custom cabinetry and architectural casework.