Which is Better: Granite or Quartz?

Here’s why when it comes to which is better, granite or quartz – the latter has the edge.

At NuStone Transformations, we’re partial towards quartz when it comes to kitchen or bathroom countertops.

For years, the default material homeowners opted for was granite.

And while granite does have its beauty and benefits, it simply comes up a little short when compared to quartz.

Granite or Quartz

Strength and durability

Firstly, both quartz and granite are tough when it comes to handling everyday rigors in the kitchen, such as:

  • Heat.
  • Spills.
  • Scratching and chipping.
  • Stains.

Having said that, quartz countertop replacement products do carry a significant edge.

  • QUARTZ IS HARDER THAN GRANITE: Believe it or not, quartz is almost indestructible and nearly impervious to cracks. In fact, compared to quartz, granite is considered to be brittle.
  • QUARTZ IS NON-POROUS: Quartz is made of 95% natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. That 5% prevents liquid and bacteria from getting trapped inside the material.

If you’re constantly cooking, chopping, and preparing food in the kitchen, you want something that works just as hard as you do.

Which is better? The answer is quartz.

Quartz compared to granite: Care and maintenance

Cleaning your resurfaced quartz countertop isn’t a cumbersome, long, or complicated process.

All you need is:

  • Soap.
  • Water.
  • Regular household cleaner.
  • Soft dishtowel.
  • A few minutes.

Something else to consider: Quartz countertops are sealed, which means it’s almost impossible for them to become stained from oily or acidic spills.

Lastly, after installation, granite countertops require semi-annual protective resealing in order to keep them clean. That costs time and money; both of which are better served staying with you.

In the kitchen, you want something that allows you to spend more time cooking and less time cleaning.

Quartz compared to granite: Appearance

Granite or Quartz

Make no mistake, quartz and granite countertops are beautiful. When it comes to aesthetics, you really can’t go wrong with either.

But there are subtle differences which steer many homeowners in Oakville, Toronto, and Kitchener towards quartz:

  • QUARTZ SEAMS ARE LESS NOTICEABLE: Granite is 100% natural, which means any seams connecting two slabs cannot be hidden. Quartz resin better camouflages unsightly seams.
  • UNIFORM COLOUR: If you’re looking for something that’ll perfectly match your cabinets and other décor, the consistent tones of quartz is what you’re looking for.
  • COLOUR SELECTION: Unlike granite, quartz is available in a wide range of colours. It’s much easier to find something to suit your tastes with quartz vs. granite.

In addition to being tough and durable, you want a kitchen countertop surface that’s attractive and pleasing to the eye.

Quartz compared to granite: Eco-friendliness

Before granite makes its way into your kitchen, it must be:

  • Quarried, which, depending on where you live and what you order, can be quite the distance.
  • Manufactured to meet the specifications of your kitchen.
  • Transported to your home.

All of the factors listed above require significant amounts of energy.

Since quartz is manufactured, it has a smaller environmental impact vs. granite. Locally sourced and manufactured quartz also cuts down on transportation requirements.

Quartz is also the most common mineral found on the planet. Finding it an extracting it is relatively simple when compared to granite.

If going green is top-of-mind when planning your renovation project, you want something to match your sensibilities.

Which is better? The answer is quartz.

Which is better? Take a look at our quartz products and see for yourself

Strong and beautiful, our quartz countertops can also be installed in just one day.

As well, our countertop resurfacing is backed by a 12 year warranty, while countertop replacements are protected by a 5 year warranty.

You can’t go wrong, no matter what you select.

Book a FREE in-home consultation today. We’ll come to you, bring along samples, and answer every question you have.