Granite vs. Quartz: Which is the Better Countertop Material? 
Granite or quartz? For most people in the stone industry, it is one of the common questions we hear almost every day. It is a dilemma that sparks various opinions from homeowners, contractors, architects, and even stone traders. Sure, a handful of online contents weigh the pros and cons of natural granite and engineered quartz as a countertop material.
But is one indeed better than the other? Or is it merely a matter of taste?
Before getting into the details, we must first know the main difference between the two materials.
Granite is a natural stone that we extract from different quarries all across the globe. On the other hand, engineered quartz is a human-made surface that consists of stone aggregates and polyester resin. Quite simply, the former is a natural material while the latter is a synthetic alternative.
Now that we know the basics let us see how each countertop material compares to the other:
What do Granite and Quartz Countertops Look Like?
Granite is available in various color and pattern combinations. It ranges from earthy tones of red, black, brown, green, and even blue. Some slabs appear with specks, while others have swirls. Each slab has an inconsistent appearance as a result of its natural formation. Hence, no two slabs are exactly alike. Every piece is a unique product of nature.
Alternatively, quartz is known for its consistent appearance. Unlike granite, the color and pattern of quartz are uniform throughout its entire surface. Moreover, each piece is identical to all the other slabs or tiles produced along with it. Some quartz slabs resemble the appearance of natural stones, such as marble. Some have a simple monotone surface. And there are quartz surfaces, too, that have crystal-like specks in them.
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How do they compare in terms of Durability?
Natural granite is an extremely tough material. It resists heat, scratches, and even sudden impact, which may occur inside the kitchen. Regarding porosity, granite may or may not require sealing, depending on its type. Some, like the “Absolute Black” and the “Black Galaxy,” do not need any sealer application because of the stones’ densities. Other granites, however, like the “Salt and Pepper,” require sealing to protect them from staining.
With quartz countertops, you need not worry about the task of sealing. It is a highly dense engineered stone. And this makes it impervious to any form of liquid. Also, it is comparable to granite concerning durability. Thus, it easily withstands the constant use and abuse of most kitchen conditions.
How much do Granite and Quartz Cost?
In the Philippines, the cost of granite can range from Php 1,500 per square meter to Php 5,000 per square meter, depending on the color. On the other hand, quartz is around Php 5,000 per square meter to Php 15,000 per square meter, depending on the brand.
The prices mentioned above are for the cost of materials only. The rate for the fabrication and the installation of your countertop depends on the project’s size and degree of difficulty. We know it is tempting to do the work yourself, but it is always best to leave this task to the pros.
How do you Keep these Countertop Materials Looking Great?
Should your granite countertop require sealing, always remember to do it once or twice yearly (or as needed).
For granite or quartz, use a specially formulated stone cleaning product to keep the surface tidy. Always use coasters or trays under glasses or bottles. And don’t forget to wipe up spills and drips immediately with a paper towel. Use a cutting board and never directly on your countertop when cutting or chopping. Finally, always leave the area clean after every kitchen preparation.
Maintaining granite or quartz requires simple tasks that demand a great deal of common sense. But follow these rules, and it should keep your countertop material looking new for a lifetime.
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Where can You Buy Granite and Quartz Slabs in the Philippines?
Whether you’re building your dream home soon or you’re currently renovating an old kitchen, it pays to invest in a high-quality countertop material for your project.
At Stone Depot, we offer a broad spectrum of countertop options for your kitchen at very affordable prices. Visit any of our slab yards in Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo City to check out any of our granite or quartz slabs we offer today!
Here's How to Order:
Inspect Your Slab
Check out our broad selection of granite, marble, and quartz slabs and secure the ones that you like best for your kitchen counter.
Pay Your Order
You may settle in cash, cheque, credit card, debit card, bank deposit, online bank transfer, or Paypal—whichever is the most convenient for you.
Expect Our Visit
We'll inspect and get the actual measurements on-site. Then, we'll fabricate the slabs at our shop to minimize the dust and noise in your area.
Get Your Counter
Your countertop will be delivered and installed on schedule. This usually takes around two to three days, depending on the scope of work.