Which is a Better Kitchen Countertop Material?
There are very few materials which face heated debates when it comes to choosing one for the home. Granite and quartz definitely fall under this category. If you’ve recently redesigned your home or got a brand new home, then you’ll know that deciding on the material to use for your kitchens and bathroom countertops can be a daunting task. After all, you have to take care of all the aspects – maintenance, cost, durability and so on. These materials are often used interchangeably and we thought you could decide better with some basic and detailed information about the two.
Let’s start with granite..
What is granite?
Granite is a an igneous rock that forms that form under the surface of the earth, due to slow crystallisation of magma. It is light-coloured and has grains that are pretty large and visible to the naked eye. Mainly composed of quartz and feldspar, granite gets its colour from minerals. You can see this mineral composition giving it a red, pink, grey or white colour with dark mineral grains visible in the stone.
Price ranges from र60 to र450 per sqft.
Advantages of granite:
- Granite is a very hard stone and is hundred percent natural
- Striations and slight colour changes are what makes granite unique
- There are hundreds of beautiful colours of granite slabs to choose from
- Being a natural stone, granite can be used outdoors. It does not weather or fade due to sunlight exposure
- If correctly sealed, granite countertops are very durable and do not soak up liquids
Disadvantages of granite:
- Granite, being a natural stone, stains very easily, especially with red wine
- If a large part of your countertop has to be changed, then you have to deal with visible joining seams. These can be quite unsightly
- Granite is an absorbent material and if not sealed properly, can absorb oils and hold bacteria
- Granite is strong, but also brittle. It breaks much more easily than quartz. Cracks and breaks also happen during installation. Therefore, utmost care should be taken
- It is very difficult to find granite stones without any swirls or patterns. So, if you’re someone who likes plain or simple countertops, then you might want to rethink this option
Moving on to quartz..
While quartz is a natural mineral, engineered quartz is an manufactured stone that is composed of 97% crushed quartz crystals and 3% resins. Quartz is available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures. It can also be combined with glass and other reflective materials to achieve a sparkling finish. Being one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz is a very strong choice for your homes.
Price ranges from र50 to र4,000 per sqft.
Advantages of quartz:
- Quartz comes in a wider range of colours and textures, as compared to granite
- Mixing and matching patterns is easier with quartz, since it is available in relatively smoother and plain surfaces
- This stone is easy to maintain and does not get stained. Caring for your countertop will be way simpler with this one
- Quartz is heavier than granite and does not crack very easily
Disadvantages of quartz:
- It is comparatively costlier than granite. An entry level quartz stone will cost you the same as level two granite (depending upon where you buy it from or where you stay)
- Unlike granite, quartz is not suitable for outdoor use. It fades and weathers in harsh conditions and with exposure to direct sunlight
- Quartz does not display natural beauty. Reason? It’s simple. It is not the real deal, it’s engineered
- Uniqueness is not one of the best qualities of quartz. Every similar coloured slab of quartz tends to look the same
If you love the flaws of nature and want your countertops to looks unique, the granite is the material for you. On the other hand, if you want your countertops to look flawless and match perfectly without any striations, then we suggest you go for quartz. It totally depends on what you want, and what your budget is like.
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