Countertops: Granite vs. Quartz

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cortiers Real Estate

The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz? 

If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning. 
Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision.



Granite is the answer to the initial question of this decision making process, “Which costs less?”. It’s true. In fact, “granite can run from $35 to $55 per square foot installed” which is vastly cheaper than quartz (Ferris). Granite is also known for its longevity and for its availability in wide slabs. If you’re looking for a countertop more than “70 inches wide” that will be a long-term investment, granite is the way to go (Ferris). It’s an overall remarkable beauty with natural abstracts that make each slab unique. 

The main decision making factor to owning a granite countertop versus a quartz countertop, is that it will require much more maintenance. You will have to reseal the granite every couple of years due to it being a porous countertop, and you’ll have to watch what you use to clean it since some detergents can stain the slab. 


Quartz on the other hand, is very low-maintenance and is much stronger than the natural stone of granite. If you’re looking for a countertop that is stain-resistant and won’t crack or break, quartz might be the choice for you! With its consistent patterns and coloring, quartz is a huge seller right now with its consistent patterns and coloring that make meshing it in with a modern home appealing to the eye.

So what will it be…? 

The natural, unique looking Granite? 

Or the consistent, in-style Quartz?


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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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James Murr I like quartz much more due to the blending of seams, maintenance, and the notoriety that granite has received over radiation concerns. However, since quartz is pulverized stone, I must believe that the radiation emissions can be as high for quartz.

Sep 25, 2017 07:10 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have granite and quartz in my home, and sure love my quartz in the kitchen better.  No maintenance!  

Sep 25, 2017 08:26 AM #2
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