Welcome to the ultimate showdown in the countertop industry! Both quartz and granite are champions that come from two extremes: granite represents the natural stone corner of the countertop industry while quartz represents the engineered stone corner. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but you’ll have to decide which one is the victor in the end. Sound the bell – let the match begin!
Round 1: Popular Appeal
Granite is pretty much the defending champion right here. It’s traditionally been the gold standard of luxury status symbols and it’s hard to compete with decades of established popular perception. The fact that it’s a natural stone cements its appeal even more because natural products are all the rave these days.
Granite’s quick flurry of jabs takes quartz by surprise.
Round 2: Hardness
Both granite and quartz are well-known for their hardness and durability. Quartz definitely comes out on top though in its hardness level compared to granite, which puts quartz at a 7 to 8 rating on the Mohs hardness scale (just under diamond’s Mohs rating of 10).
Quartz feints to the right and knocks granite to the ground.
Round 3: Indoor Air Quality
The makeup of quartz countertops is about 90% quartz and 10% resin. The resin component though means that quartz has a higher risk of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which decrease indoor air quality. On the other hand, no resin is applied to granite slabs so granite doesn’t have this problem.
Granite gets back up on its feet and pummels quartz into the ropes.
Round 4: Environmental Impact
In the big picture, quartz has less of an environmental impact than granite. Much of the material used in manufacturing quartz countertops have been recycled, which definitely decreases quartz’s carbon footprint. Granite has to be quarried in large slabs and the quarrying process alone leaves a large dent in environmental health, never mind the transportation required.
Quartz slips under granite’s swing and spins around to corner granite.
Round 5: Maintenance
As an engineered stone, quartz is non-porous and doesn’t need to be sealed, whereas granite has to be sealed regularly at least once a year due to its porous nature. Quartz is also stain-resistant so spills can be wiped away with just a damp cloth and some soap. This makes a big difference in time and money in the long run.
Granite is taking hit after hit, but seems to be keeping its guard up and biding its time.
Round 6: Design
What draws people to granite is that no two pieces quarried from nature are ever the same; each piece has its own unique pattern of veins and streaks so you can be sure that no one will have the same countertop design as yours. This very benefit though has a major drawback in that you cannot hide seams between different pieces, which is unavoidable if you have an irregular countertop design with curves. There’s just no way to perfectly match up the veins and streaks. What’s more, the final cut will always be different from the sample so it’ll never look exactly the way you’d envisioned it to be. Quartz doesn’t have this issue as it’s engineered the way you want it to look, all the way down to its colour and shape. It’s very flexible despite its hardness and can be molded into a wide range of shapes. Even if you do have to combine different pieces together, the seams won’t be as obvious, especially if you’ve chosen one solid colour. However, quartz has the unfortunate risk of discolouring when exposed to direct sunlight regularly. So if part of your quartz countertop gets a lot more sunlight due to window placements in the room, the difference in colour will be glaringly obvious.
Granite finally gets quartz in a clinch and pushes it out toward the centre. And there’s the bell!
Now comes the time for you to judge whether it’s granite or quartz that takes home the title belt. Their strength is incredible and they flow like water with their design possibilities. Whichever one you choose though, you can take pride in their superiority.