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Granite or Quartz?


One question we get quite often in the showroom is, “What’s the difference between Granite and Quartz?”. We sat down with Bethany Nebel, one of our Kitchen and Bath Designers to discuss the difference.

“Granite is a natural material that has one-of-a-kind beauty so your countertop slab will be unique and won’t look exactly like anybody else’s,” said Bethany.

Granite is a natural stone formed in the Earth from cooling and solidifying of molten materials. This natural process makes it almost impossible to have repeat or identical patterns. Thus giving you a wide variety of selection without the fear of someone else having the same countertops as you.

“Although it’s difficult to reproduce granite’s natural beauty, quartz manufacturers have created some stunning colors and patterns that can make it difficult at times to tell the difference between the two materials,” Bethany said.

Quartz countertops are engineered using ground or crushed quartz mixed with polymers, resins, and pigments to create texture, pattern and colors similar to Granite. Each pattern has its own “recipe” so one slab to the next is much more consistent.

Beyond the physical makeup of material, Granite and Quartz require slightly different cleaning and care.

Granite is a very durable material that’s resistant to extreme heat and other kitchen elements, but it is porous making it susceptible to staining if not properly sealed. The sealer helps to maintain the Granite and keep it from soaking in any stains from uncleaned spills. Granite should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.

Quartz is very strong and durable like granite, but it isn’t porous, so it does not need to be sealed like granite. Be cautious with hot pots and pans though with both materials because they can be damaged by extreme temperature changes so be sure to always use heating pads when placing hot cookware on the counter.

The best part about either of these materials is that you can’t go wrong! Both offer beautiful selections to tie your project together to create a beautiful space.

If you have more questions about Granite or Quartz countertops or would like to make an appointment to discuss your next project, contact Bethany Nebel at 319-338-8275 or Bethany@pscia.com.

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