There seems to be a lot of quartz counter tops going into homes in the Charlotte, Mooresville and Lake Norman areas lately. Although many homeowner’s are sticking with granite. I wondered, what’s the advantage of one over the other? So, I did some investigating. Here’s what I found:
Granite counter tops are quarried directly from the earth as a single piece. They are all natural stone and have been taken out of the earth as large blocks that can be cut into individual slabs and then polished.
Quartz counter tops are made from a crushed quartz mixed with a small amount of resin. They are manufactured in a variety of different patterns and colors.
- Designs are not uniform, it is as nature created it. Some people may love this and others may not.
- Granite needs to be sealed before they are used and again every year for as long as you own the counter top.
- Granite is porous and can only be considered stain-resistant if it has been sealed.
- Because granite is very porous it can harbor bacteria. However, a proper sealing (and you must remember to seal annually) will help cut down on this concern.
- Granite counter tops are very durable but are not indestructible. They can chip, break or get scratched. But if treated with care they can last a lifetime.
- The seems will show, no matter what you do the seems will show.
- Granite is more likely to stain than quartz.
- Quartz counter tops are just as strong as granite but also have added flexibility due to the resin mixed in. This makes them easier to install. However, they are heavier than granite and need to be professionally installed.
- Quartz is non-porous and does not need sealing – ever. That’s a lot of time and effort being saved over the years.
- Because Quartz is non-porous it will not harbor bacteria.
- Quartz counter tops are very durable and are stain resistant but are not indestructible.
- One big drawback is if the counters are exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time they can start to discolor. So if you have a portion of your color that gets direct UV rays, after a long period of time it may look a little different than the rest of the counter top.
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The quartz counters will typically cost you a little bit less from what I can tell unless you go with a very low end granite slab. Either way the cost difference won’t be very much.
I hope this helped some of you, I know I learned a lot from researching the information. If you are looking to purchase a home with either granite or quartz counters I can certainly help you find the right one and make your buying experience a pleasant one. Visit my website www.AlfordRealtyGroup.com today to get started or to look for useful buyer or seller tips!