Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops

You’ve probably heard about both granite and quartz, but now you’re not quite sure the difference. These two stylish countertop options have been featured in various home and design publications and websites, so it can be a tough choice to know which is best for your lifestyle and taste. Luckily for you, when you build your new home with Madison Homebuilders we have a variety of home features to choose from, including granite and quartz. Let’s lay out the differences between these popular countertop options to help you decide whether granite or quartz suits you best.

Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

Advantages of Granite

Granite is a natural stone that is mined. There are a variety of natural occurring color variations to choose from and no two granite variations are quite the same. 

Granite is durable and heat resistant so it can handle the occasional hot pot or pan. Granite is typically  less expensive than quartz.

Disadvantages of Granite

Granite is mined from pure stone and thus naturally porous. Due to its porous nature it should have regular upkeep, first having it sealed at installation and followed by resealing the surface about once a year. Though the natural stone surface that granite provides is heat resistant, heat does diminish the sealant so in order to keep the protective sealant intact, it is recommended to refrain from constant exposure to heated items. 

Since granite is porous it can also stain more easily than quartz, so it is important to make sure that potential stains are cleaned as soon as possible with soap and water. Having it sealed regularly can help prevent staining, though may still not be as resistant to stains as quartz.

Because granite is a natural stone, it can be tough to match exactly if you decide to do more with it later on. Keep on the lookout for dyed granite as it may fade and appear blotchy in color as it ages.

Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

Advantages of Quartz

Quartz is similar in appearance though more durable. Quartz countertops are known as engineered stone because they are typically made up of about 90-95% quartz plus pigment and resin for binding. Because quartz is made this way, there is a wider selection of colors and it allows for the ability for customization. 

Since quartz is a solid surface, that is actually harder than granite therefore it is even more durable. Quartz is also non-porous so it does not need to be resealed versus granite that should be resealed annually. Because quartz is non-porous it is easier to keep bacteria free because it is not vulnerable to the bacteria that granite can collect in its pores especially when the sealant has eroded.

Disadvantages of Quartz

Quartz is typically more expensive than granite however granite can exceed its cost depending on the source. 

When exposed to consistent heat, damage can be done to quartz, so make sure to use pot holders and cooking racks as much as possible.

Deciding Between Quartz and Granite

All-in-all if you’re a die hard for fully natural surfaces, appreciate the variations of natural stone, and don’t mind its routine upkeep, then granite may be best for you. 

If you’re looking for a countertop that is also luxurious in appearance yet low maintenance and stain-resistant with customizable color options then quartz may suit you best. 

You really can’t go wrong with either option, both granite and quartz are beautiful choices to make your kitchen and bathrooms stunning. When building a new home with Madison Homebuilders, granite comes standard in your Madison Homebuilders kitchen and quartz is an optional upgrade. With either option, you’ll have a kitchen that sparkles in your new home. Learn more about building with Madison Homebuilders today and contact us for questions or to get started.