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Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

Are you shopping for countertops and trying to decide between quartz and granite? Both quartz and granite are good choices when it comes to beautiful and durable countertops. However, there are some differences worth noting that can help you make a more informed choice. For starters, granite tends to have a more natural look, while quartz requires lower maintenance. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at quartz and granite countertops so you can walk away knowing the pros and cons of choosing each one for your kitchen project.

What is the Difference Between Granite and Quartz?

Granite

Granite is a 100% natural stone. It’s formed during the cooling of hot magma. The flecked pattern seen on quartz comes from mica and other trace minerals. The combination of the different minerals gives granite its unique color. Whites and creams are common granite colors, but pink and red color variations and darker colors like black are also available.

Quartz

Quartz, the second most abundant material in the earth’s crust, is created when silicon crystallizes. When we talk about quartz, we generally are discussing two different types of quartz.

  • Quartzite – a naturally occurring form of sandstone that has undergone intense heat and pressure. Quartzite countertop slabs are very common, but like other natural stones, the porous surface needs regular resealing.
  • Engineered Quartz – fabricated, unlike quartzite. It’s made by crushing rocks and then binding them together with resins. Caesarstone and Cambria are the two major manufacturers of engineered quartz.

So, which is better when it comes to your countertops? It really just depends on your goals. What we can do is break down the characteristics of granite and quartz by evaluating aesthetics, affordability, durability, and maintenance.

Appearance & Colors

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Natural appearance
  • Found in a wide variety of colors ranging from common off-whites to exotic blacks and greens.
  • Seams are more noticeable.
  • Can have naturally occurring imperfections, although some consider this appealing.
  • Can only be found in naturally occurring colors.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Can come in almost any color you can imagine, from a natural marble look to bright greens and reds. White with light gray or beige highlights are most common
  • Slabs have a consistent look throughout, which reduces the appearance of seams.
  • Over time, exposure to direct sunlight can discolor the resin that binds the slab.
  • Some think it doesn’t look as ‘natural’ as other types of stone, because of the more uniform look and size of the crystals.

 

Most Natural Looking Winner: Quartz

 

Cost Comparison

Granite

  • Averages $60 per square foot. If it features unusual colors or larger sizes, the price can be increased. Smaller pieces or tiles come in at a lower price point.

Quartz

  • Averages $75 per square foot. Special edges can increase the price.

The Most Affordable: Granite

 

Maintenance 

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Natural stone is very durable and can last a long time when properly cared for.
  • The porous stone will absorb spilled liquids if they’re not wiped up quickly, resulting in stains and bacterial growth.
  • Regular sealing every 1 to 2 years is a must to help resist absorption.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • The non-porous material is highly resistant to staining and bacterial growth as it will not absorb liquids.
  • Some liquids or foods with heavy dyes can stain the surface of the counter, so make sure to wipe clean right away.

 

The Easiest Maintenance Winner: Quartz

 

Installation

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Slabs can be cut to fit precisely into the exact shape of your kitchen counter layout.
  • Professionals should be used to measure and cut because a small mistake can require re-cutting or even replacing an entire slab.
  • Extra care should be taken during the transportation of the slab and placing to avoid cracking.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Manufacturers will shape the slab to fit your requirements. Any seams will be less noticeable.
  • Cabinets will need to be reinforced because of the heavy weight of quartz. Special equipment is needed to transport, carry, and move into place.
  • Aligning cutouts for sinks can be a challenge to get right if you choose to install yourself.

 

The Ease of Installation Winner: TIE

 

 

Durability, Hardness, & Strength

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Chip, crack, and scratch-resistant. However, it’s not recommended to use your countertop as a cutting surface.
  • Can chip if struck with hard objects.
  • Edges and corners are vulnerable to chipping. Rounded edges can help reduce this risk.

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Highly resistant to chipping and cracking.
  • Because of resin used in the manufacturing process, it’s more flexible than natural stone, making it less prone to breaking during installation.
  • Although it’s very scratch resistant, it’s not 100% scratch proof.
  • Scratches that do occur may be more visible because of the uniform color.

 

The Toughness Winner: Quartz

 

Heat Resistance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Because it’s formed through the cooling of molten rock, granite is very heat resistant.
  • A possibility of cracking from thermal shock exists. Always use a trivet and never place hot pots or pans directly on the surface.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  •  Can easily take temperatures up to 150 degrees, so hot water or warm plates pose no threat.
  • Although its relatively heat resistant, the resin used to bind the stone together can become discolored when repeatedly exposed to excessive heat. Always use a trivet or hot pad.

 

 

The Heat Resistant Winner: Quartz

 

Moisture Resistance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Resistant to moisture and staining when polished well and sealed with a proper sealing compound.
  • Sealant wears down over time, making the stone more susceptible to moisture.
  • Moisture absorbed by the stone can result in staining.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • The non-porous surface will not absorb moisture.
  • Dark-colored liquids with dyes can stain the surface if left sitting for extended periods of time.

 

 

The Moisture and Staining Resistant Winner: Quartz

 

Repair and Maintenance

Granite

Pros
Cons
  • Repairs for small chips or scratches can be done with an epoxy kit that is available at most home improvement and flooring stores.
  • Can be accomplished yourself, but for larger or multiple scratches, it’s best to hire a professional.

 

 

Quartz

Pros
Cons
  • Small nicks and cracks can be easily filled with epoxy.
  • Discoloration from heat is permanent.
  • Cracks are difficult to repair because the consistent coloring makes them more visible.

 

 

The Ease of Repair  Winner: Granite

 

Environmentally Friendly

Granite

Lots of energy is used to mine and transport large pieces of natural stone. Buying locally is one way to reduce the carbon footprint.

Quartz

Made from crushed rock, the mining is easier, and there is no need to preserve large slabs. Sometimes “waste” product from other uses is the raw material for engineered quartz slabs.

 

The Green Choice Winner: Quartz

 

 

Resale Value

 

Granite

It USED to be that granite countertops were specifically sought out when buyers were looking for a home and it USED to be that having granite in the home added resale value that was equal to 100% of the initial cost. But, alas…it seems quartz is becoming the new granite.

Quartz

Quartz is all the rage these days, and can actually be the tipping point when a buyer is making a choice between your home and another one without quartz countertops.

 

The Most Likely to Pay for Itself Winner: Quartz

 

The Winner: Quartz

Whether you’re planning an upcoming bathroom remodel or have your sights set on the kitchen, we feel quartz is the way to go. In the bathroom, countertops receive a lot of moisture that can sit for prolonged periods of time. Unless you want to always be wiping up water on your bathroom countertop, stain-resistant quartz is the better choice. In kitchens, quartz yet again edges out granite as the better choice. Just like bathrooms, your kitchen countertops receive a lot of moisture, especially around the sink. Plus, quartz is more heat resistant and has a wider variety of colors to choose from. But, if you love granite and are diligent with maintenance, it can work great for your kitchen remodel as well. Feel free to reach out to us for more information at 970-691-6995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kitchen remodeling fort collins

Will this be the year? The year you finally take the plunge and ditch your old kitchen? At Artisan Remodeling & Design, we hope it is! Investing in any fresh space can have a remarkable impact on the way you feel about your home and your entire day-to-day experience, and that goes double for the kitchen.

If you’re on the fence about remodeling your kitchen, we invite you to contact our team today to discuss the possibilities and any design elements you’ve been considering for your Fort Collins Kitchen Remodeling. Remember, our design services are totally free! You should also consider the following five reasons why a brand new, remodeled kitchen is the right choice for your family!

Fresh Appliances

Home cooked meals are usually cheaper and definitely healthier than takeout or frozen food. Brush off your cookbook and enjoy the experience with brand new, built-in appliances that make meal prep faster, easier, and more enjoyable than ever.

Islands and Countertop Space

Kitchen islands have blossomed in recent years, and today it’s fair to say that they’re a focal point for the entire life experience of many homeowners. The kitchen island is where families eat, snack, play games, do homework, and spend time together—so make sure you have a countertop or island that’s ready!

Storage Access

If your pantry is too small, awkward to use, or too far away for easy access it can mess with the entire cooking experience. Have your pantry and any needed cabinets modernized and enjoy the benefits that ample, accessible storage space can provide.

Flow

So many kitchens of the past were built tucked away and closed off from the rest of the house, with poor lighting and cramped corners. No more! Whether it involves removing a wall, expanding a window, or breaking up a bulkhead, professional remodeling can open up and redesign your kitchen to make cooking and entertaining free and natural, so your kitchen becomes a real, functioning part of your house—and one that you’ll be excited to show off!

Beauty!

Your kitchen should be the centerpiece of your home, perfect and functional and modern all at once. Remodeling can give you that centerpiece space to display while increasing your home’s value and improving your entire day to day experience.

It’s a big change, and one that you’ll have years to enjoy once your project is finished. To learn more, request a free quote, or start the design process for your next Fort Collins Kitchen Remodeling project, contact us today at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099. Or, simply fill out our contact form.

 

Fort Collins Home RemodelingMaybe it’s a decades-old bathroom complete with the original wallpaper, or a closed-off kitchen with cabinets that have seen too many coats of paint over the years. Or it could be a dirty, unfinished basement with so much wasted potential. Maybe it’s all of these at once.

In all of these cases and more, remodeling can vastly improve your home experience and give you a modern, comfortable space to enjoy. But many homeowners who would love to make this change hesitate, year after year, with no real plan to make it happen.

Why homeowners hesitate to experience a Fort Collins Home Remodeling project?

  • Cost
  • Stress
  • Fear

Cost

Home remodeling a big investment, no doubt about it. But just think of how valuable that new and improved space will be to you and your family. And what’s more, the return on investment for home improvement projects are not too shabby. You can recoup up to 90% of your project price when  it’s finally time to sell your home and cash in your nest egg.

If you aren’t sure about the potential cost of your project, we invite you to give us a call today at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099 for a free quote. You might be surprised at how achievable your dream kitchen, bathroom, or basement can be from a financial standpoint.

Stress

True, home improvements are disruptive, and during a home remodeling work you’ll need to adjust your schedule and make some alternate arrangements. But when your project is delivered by a qualified, professional team with the right tools and equipment for the job the work goes surprisingly fast, allowing us to minimize the disruption and stress you and your family encounter.

On top of that, when you choose to work with us, you will be choosing an organized experience from start to finish. We even have a software program that allows you to track daily schedules and financials right from the comfort of your own home. And, if you ever have a question, our 3 levels of management ensures that you will get an answer promptly, each and every time.

Fear

Most people only remodel a few times in their life, and not all of those experiences are universally positive. Perhaps you’re worried about picking the wrong materials or design, or you or a family member have had bad experiences with less-than-professional remodeling teams.

Whatever your fears, Artisan Remodeling and Design is here to help. We’re a 100% independent, family-owned local Fort Collins remodeling company which means that our reputation means everything. We would love to meet and work with you to develop a design you’ll love complete with our outstanding customer service, great value, and picture-perfect results.

You can start your Fort Collins home remodeling journey by checking out our work.

Then, take the first step of arranging your free estimate by filling out our contact page.

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Give us a call us at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099 for your Fort Collins Home Remodeling project.

We look forward to hearing from you!

kitchen remodeling fort collins

Will this be the year? The year you finally take the plunge and ditch your old kitchen? At Artisan Remodeling & Design, we hope it is! Investing in any fresh space can have a remarkable impact on the way you feel about your home and your entire day-to-day experience, especially for a kitchen renovation.

If you’re on the fence about a kitchen renovation, we invite you to contact our team today to discuss the possibilities and any design elements you’ve been considering. You should also consider the following five reasons why a brand new, remodeled kitchen is the right choice for your family!

Fresh Appliances

Home cooked meals are usually cheaper and definitely healthier than takeout or frozen food. Brush off your cookbook and enjoy the experience with brand new, built-in appliances that make meal prep faster, easier, and more enjoyable than ever.

Islands and Countertop Space

Kitchen islands have blossomed in recent years, and today it’s fair to say that they’re a focal point for the entire life experience of many homeowners. The kitchen island is where families eat, snack, play games, do homework, and spend time together—so make sure you have a countertop or island that’s ready!

Storage Access

If your pantry is too small, awkward to use, or too far away for easy access it can mess with the entire cooking experience. Have your pantry and any needed cabinets modernized and enjoy the benefits that ample, accessible storage space can provide.

Flow

So many kitchens of the past were built tucked away and closed off from the rest of the house, with poor lighting and cramped corners. No more! Whether it involves removing a wall, expanding a window, or breaking up a bulkhead, professional remodeling can open up and redesign your kitchen to make cooking and entertaining free and natural, so your kitchen becomes a real, functioning part of your house—and one that you’ll be excited to show off!

Beauty!

Your kitchen should be the centerpiece of your home, perfect and functional and modern all at once. Remodeling can give you that centerpiece space to display while increasing your home’s value and improving your entire day to day experience.

It’s a big change, and one that you’ll have years to enjoy once your project is finished. To learn more, request a free quote, or start the design process (which is totally free and totally FUN), contact us today at 1-970-691-6995 or 1-970-402-2099. Or, simply fill out our contact form.

Why Remodel Your Kitchen?

Thinking about kitchen remodeling in Fort Collins? A kitchen remodel comes with a lot of benefits for homeowners. Next to bathroom remodels the kitchen is the most remodeled room in the home. Remodeling your kitchen adds function, comfort, safety, and value to your home. Let’s take a more in-depth look into the benefits of remodeling your home kitchen.

1) Improved Function

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. Improving the functionality of a high use room adds instant value to your life. If you’re short on storage space, you can extend existing cabinets up to the ceiling. If you need more counter space, you can add an island or even knock down a wall between an adjacent living space. Upgrading fixtures and appliances with the latest technology creates efficiency and makes using the kitchen fun.

2) More Energy Efficient

Upgrading older kitchen appliances and fixtures to more energy-efficient models reduces the amount of energy your kitchen uses. Refrigerators and dishwashers that have the Energy Star label signify that they meet or exceed energy efficiency standards set by the EPA. Replacing lighting with fixtures with LED models helps reduce your monthly utility bill as well.

3) Improved Safety

Outdated kitchen appliances can be dangerous. They may be stressing your home’s energy supply and may not be designed with today’s safety fail proofs. Installing something like a wall oven improves safety through ergonomic design and can help prevent strains and injuries.

4) Increased Home Value

Depending on how far you go with your kitchen renovation you can expect a 50-65 % recoup on your renovation investment. If you’re looking to sell, a newly renovated kitchen can often be the clincher for a prospective buyer.

5) Make Your Kitchen Comfortable

A kitchen remodel can add an immense amount of comfort. Better ventilation can help reduce unwanted odors and heat from escaping into other rooms. Installing a kitchen island can provide additional seating space and an additional dining area. Installing a large window can bring in natural light. Having state of the art fixtures and appliances reduces the strains of cooking and cleaning and gets the whole family involved.

6) Update Your Kitchen’s Look

Is your kitchen trapped in the ’90s? It may benefit from a visual update. You can transform the entire appearance of your kitchen by re-painting the walls and cabinets and upgrading your cabinet hardware. If you want an entirely new look, you can install new cabinets, countertops, and flooring.

Ready for Your Fort Collins Kitchen Remodel?

Upgrading your kitchen can be a minor or major project depending on your goals and budget. You can have a grand vision for a complete remodel, but choose to take it one step at a time. Upgrade your fixtures one year, then follow up the next year with countertops and cabinets. You don’t have to do it all at once. We can help you with design, sourcing the best materials, and installation. Call today at at 970-691-6995 or 970-402-2099 with any questions – we’d be happy to help.