GRANITE vs. QUARTZ: The Ultimate Countertop Dilemma

GRANITE vs. QUARTZ: The Ultimate Countertop Dilemma

Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. Here are a few facts about each material that will help you find the right countertop for your home.

What is Granite?

Granite is 100% natural stone mined from quarries around the world. Because of its naturalness, granite can come in variety of styles. Sometimes the coloring and style will look a bit different from the sample you choose since it is not a man-made product.

What is Quartz?

Quartz is about 93% quartz aggregates and 7% color pigments and polymer resins. Quartz has the look of stone but is relatively customizable to your design.


Clean granite countertops daily with soap and water or household cleaner. Due to granites porous nature, some oils and acids can cause stains. Make sure to reseal your countertops once a year.

You only need to clean quartz with soap and water or household cleaner. It isn’t porous like granite, so spills won’t be a concern. It also does not require resealing due to its solidity.


Because of the quality of the materials, the cost of shipping (usually overseas), and the cost of installation, granite and quartz aren’t going to be the cheaper choice when considering countertops. But their durability and beauty are worth the investment.


Granite is resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements.

Quartz is harder than granite, therefore more durable. Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat so make sure to always sure to use heating pads before setting down hot dishes.

Cambria Quartz

Now that you are a more familiar with these popular countertop materials, it’s time for you to make your decision. If you like this article and would like design help on your kitchen, bathroom, flooring or other home improvement projects, visit our showroom in the Wildewood Shopping Center in California, Maryland. You can call our showroom at 301-866-0337 and request a FREE (no-obligation) DESIGN CONSULTATION and ESTIMATE with one of our design specialists.