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Quartz versus Granite: How to Choose a Countertop for your Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the house. It’s where the family comes together, where comfort is bestowed, and new traditions are born. The importance of the kitchen means it’s worthy of high-functioning appliances, top-quality equipment, and reliable countertops. But with so many options on the market, choosing the right material for your kitchen can be a challenge. Let’s compare two of these options: granite and quartz.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular choices when it comes to kitchen counters, and for a good reason. It’s long-lasting; granite won’t warp or melt under hot pans, and it rarely chips. It’s also one of the more affordable options on the market. If you live in the Scottsdale area, finding a company that offers a lifetime guarantee is not a difficult task, ensuring your money is well-spent.

However, there are a few downsides to granite countertops. Because granite is a natural stone, the color options are limited, and matching the pattern of the counter to the 2-3 slabs of granite that will be used in the project means you must view the product before it is installed. However, if you’re satisfied with the limited color selection and you’re happy to see the finished counter before it’s installed, granite is a solid, dependable choice.

Quartz

If you want color options, go with quartz. The manufacturing process of quartz countertops allows for a wide selection of color options, much more extensive than any natural stone. Quartz is also an excellent non-porous material, and won’t stain as easily as granite or other counter materials. And, like granite, it’s chip-resistant, so the likelihood of dents and scratches in your counters is minimal.

Like most things, quartz counters have their flaws. They aren’t as heat-resistant as granite, which means any pots accidentally set on the counters can warp. And at a much higher price point than granite, expect to pay upwards of twice as much per square foot.

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