Quartz vs Granite: Choosing the best stone

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Are you debating between quartz and granite for your upcoming home or business project? These two stones, while they can look similar, each have their own specific advantages and disadvantages. Our stone wholesalers break down their differences in this week’s blog. Here’s what you need to know in order to decide between quartz and granite: 

Composition

What primarily separates these two stones is their composition. Quartz is an engineered stone meaning that while it is composed primarily of natural quartz, it can contain other materials such as colorant and resins. 

Granite is a purely natural stone. Natural stone and engineered stone each have their pros and cons, which we will discuss throughout this blog.

Appearance

As an engineered stone, quartz is produced uniformly. Though customizable, there is little difference from one slab to another. 

However, with granite being a natural stone each slab has naturally occurring differences in pattern and color. So, your granite is unique and original!

Cost

Both quartz and granite are on the higher-end for stone materials. The two are comparable in price with granite leading just slightly in price range. Our stone wholesalers can provide you with more information on pricing and help you find the right stone choice for your project and your budget. 

Maintenance and Durability 

Quartz does have the upper hand as it relates to durability. The engineered stone is non-porous, meaning that it does not require regular sealing to maintain its appearance, therefore saving you money and time in the long run. Its porosity, or lack thereof, also means that it is less prone to staining or harboring bacteria - making it the more sanitary option between the two. 

Granite, however, is inherently porous. It is also more likely to possess inherent flaws that can cause cracking. Granite does have one advantage over quartz in terms of durability: heat resistance. As an engineered stone, quartz has a much lower tolerance for heat so any exposure to extreme temperatures could permanently damage your surface. 

Sustainability

While quartz is still composed of largely natural materials, granite takes the lead for most sustainable as it is made of 100 percent natural stone. Once granite is quarried, there is little processing required prior to installation. In comparison, the process to engineer quartz can result in the release of toxic chemicals and harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

Every stone has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your stone choice really comes down to your own personal needs and preferences. Whatever those needs are, we have a stone to meet them!

Whether you want quartz, granite or another one of the many varieties we offer - our stone wholesalers can help you find the perfect slab for your home or business project. Contact us for more information and to get your quote today!

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